It’s All Aboard For River North’s Railfan Residences

205 West Hubbard

In all the hullabaloo earlier this month about the Chicago Plan Commission approving the construction of both the 95-story Wanda Vista Tower and the 76-story 113 East Roosevelt tower, some smaller — yet not unworthy — projects didn’t get the press they deserved.

One of those projects is 205 West Hubbard.  It’s a two-building combo residential and office project that we’re going to call the Railfan Residences until it gets a better name from the developer. We’re calling it that because it’s being built hard against a curve in the CTA’s Brown, Purple and occasionally Red Line tracks where they snake through River North.  No need to set up the Lionels around the Christmas tree if you live there.  Just put the fir in the window and let the CTA provide the entertainment.

To recap, what the Plan Commission approved is a blue glass office building designed by Hirsch Associates Architecture, 170 feet tall, and curved on its northeast side to match the curve in the L tracks.  Behind it will sit a 270-foot-tall residential tower with 195 homes and 91 parking spaces. Will there be ground floor retail?  As they say in Minnesota, “You betcha! And more lights under da train tracks, to boot!”


Location: 205 West Hubbard Street, River North

Author: Editor

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