Construction Update
30 East Balbo Readies for Foundation Work

30 East Balbo Avenue

The pretty (in the eye of the beholder) street art at 30 East Balbo Avenue is long gone.

A 16-story residential tower is officially on the way to 30 East Balbo Avenue in the South Loop, now that the City of Chicago has issued a building permit to get foundation work underway:

Foundations only for a proposed 16-story residential high-rise with first floor retail and 134 total units (81-dwelling units and 53-efficiency units)

Yesterday’s permit means the gravel trucks on-site today will soon be replaced by caisson crews boring deep into the ground at the corner of Balbo and Wabash. Demolition crews made quick work of the 2-story garage previously occupying the site. In its place will rise the 150,000-square-foot apartment tower 30 East,  developed by Gilbane Development Company.

30 East Balbo

Rendering of 30 East courtesy SCB.

Designed by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz, 30 East will provide 255 beds in 134 fully furnished apartments running the gamut of studio, convertible, two-bed, three-bed, even four-bedroom units.  Lying as it does amidst several colleges, including Roosevelt University, East-West University, Robert Morris University, and others, Gilbane is gearing 30 East toward student living. Residents will be able to utilize a roommate-matching service, as well as a boatload of modern amenities and comfort features, such as outdoor fire places and fire pits, large-screen television (also outside) and gas grills.

30 East will also include 8,000 square feet of ground-level retail space. Power Construction is the general contractor tasked with completing 30 East for August 2017 occupancy.


Location: 30 East Balbo Avenue, South Loop

Author: Daniel Schell

Daniel Schell is a West Loop social media addict who lives for Cubs baseball, good pizza, and big cities. If you bump into him on the street, it's likely because he's taking photos instead of watching where he's going, and he apologizes.

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