165 West Starting to Look Superior

165 West Superior under construction (Courtesy of Near North Spy Mike)

165 West Superior under construction (Courtesy of Near North Spy Mike)

The new residential tower rising at 165 West Superior Street is starting to look like something.  Near North Spy Mike sent in this photo of the construction which shows the parking and retail podium has just bout reached its ultimate height, and all traces of the Howard Johnson’s motel that once filled this space are gone.

The new building was designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture, and was previously known as 720 North LaSalle.  bKL describes it thusly:

This modern glass and masonry residential tower was inspired by the historical buildings in its surrounding River North neighborhood. Bordered on the north by Superior Street, on the west by Wells Street and on the east by LaSalle Street, the site includes a 34-story rental apartment tower and a 4-story podium. The 298 residential units occupy the tower and portions of the podium. Wrapping the perimeter of the second and third levels of the podium, they buffer the parking levels from the street.

In addition to the residential lobby, the ground level of the building consists of retail space with frontage on LaSalle and Superior streets, as well as a smaller retail space adjacent to the park. A fitness center, lounge and spa areas have direct access to the landscaped podium roof deck and outdoor lap pool. The semi-public parking garage—providing 109 parking spots—is located on levels 3 and 4 of the podium.

But what neighbors are most interested in is the new public pocket park with dog run.  But for that, they’ll have to wait until 2017.

Location: 165 West Superior, River 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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