Razing the Roof (and Everything Else) at Atrium Village

Atrium Village redevelopment rendering courtesy of Onni Group

Atrium Village redevelopment rendering courtesy of Onni Group

One of downtown Chicago’s largest redevelopment projects in a decade is about to get underway.  Demolition permits have been issued for eight of the low-rise buildings that currently help make up Atrium Village.

You may not know it by its address of 1140 North Wells Street, but if you ride the CTA Brown or Purple line trains, you’ll recognize it as the bucolic-looking little settlement just north of Walter Payton College Prep High School, next to where the elevated tracks jog out of the way of  Saint Joseph Church (1107 North Orleans Street).

Drawing of Atrium Village Building 1 courtesy of Onni Group

Drawing of Atrium Village Phase 1 (Courtesy of Onni Group)

The completed project designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture will see 1,500 homes and some retail space in four large towers, ranging from 30 to 39 stories, and one smaller building of four stories.  While demolition has been approved for all eight two-story buildings at Atrium Village, work will be completed in phases.  Phase one starts at the northeast corner of the plot, which is the southwest corner of North Wells Street and West Division Street.  That’s where a 30-story building with the address of 1150 North Wells will rise.

The developer, Onni Group out of Vancouver, hopes to have the entire project completed by November of 2017.

Until then, here’s a recap of the different phases of development planned for Atrium Village:

Phase One

  • Address: 1150 North Wells Street
  • 30 stories (an increase of three floors over last known plan)
  • 341 feet tall
  • 405 residences
  • Width: 208 feet, 8½ inches
  • Tower width: 69 feet
  • Length: 214 feet, 10 inches
  • Parking: 342 private spaces in retail/residential podium
  • Parking: 74 public below-grade spaces for retail
  • Bicycle parking: Yes.  Amount unspecified
  • Retail space: 25,000 square feet
  • Loading docks off the public alley that connects to Division Street
  • Residential parking entrance: driveway off of Wells Street
  • Retail parking entrance: Alley off of Division Street
  • Residential entrance: Off Wells Street
  • LEED Silver
  • Green roof alert: 50% (city requirement)

Phase Two

  • Northwest corner of North Wells Street and West Hill Street
  • 31 stories
  • 340 feet tall
  • 3-story parking podium running along Hill Street
  • Parking podium includes a school
  • North side of parking podium faced with approximately eight townhouses facing a public park

Phase Three

  • Hill Street adjacent to the bend in the L tracks
  • 35 stories
  • 375 feet tall
  • 4-story parking podium running north along the L tracks
  • East side of parking podium faced with about a dozen townhomes facing a public park
  • Six more townhomes lining the north side of the public park

Phase Four

  • Division Street adjacent to the L tracks
  • 39 stories
  • 395 feet tall
  • Shared podium with phase three building

Phase Five

  • Small plot of land east of Phase Four
  • 4 stories
  • 30 feet tall


Location: 1140 North Wells Street, Near North

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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