Micro Apartments Planned For Printer’s Row

Rendering of 776 South Dearborn (LG Development via Curbed)

Rendering of 776 South Dearborn (LG Development via Curbed)

Tiny houses have already gone from curiosity to growth trend. Could doll-sized apartments be the next big-small thing?

LG Construction+Development is betting a so-called micro apartment will sell. Curbed Chicago reports that LG is proposing a 15-story apartment building directly across from Dearborn Station. The lot size is small (a quarter-acre), and the units will be, too, averaging 350 square feet.

The studio units will are intended to attract tenants who want city living without a lot of extra space. They will get high-end design and features, though. Best of all, the rent is small, at just over $1,000 per month. That means apartments dwellers who want low rent won’t have to go with a windowless basement or attic roomette in a dicey neighborhood.

An architect has not yet been selected by LG, but Curbed reports the building will include 40 pre-furnished, extended-stay hotel rooms and 90 rental units, plus a 1,300 square foot retail space on the ground floor.

No parking area is planned, but the top floor will have meeting rooms, work areas and an outdoor green roof.

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at bill@ChicagoArchitecture.org.

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