Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission gave its approval for a multi-dimensional project involving the Assumption Catholic Church and grounds at 311 West Illinois Street.
The big addition to the neighborhood would be 3Eleven, a 23-story apartment tower designed by friends-of-the-blog FitzGerald Associates, in what is now a surface parking lot on the southwest corner of Illinois and Franklin Streets. Developer John Buck Company wants to put 245 units in the tower, including studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. There will also be ground-level retail space, and 109 parking spaces included with the tower.
On the other side of the church, which isn’t going anywhere, a one-story addition will be added to the existing priory by the Order of Friar Servants. McBride Kelley Brauer Architects is handing the priory expansion. MKB is the firm behind the 4-level addition to The Moody Church in Old Town.