Chicago’s NEXT Apartment Tower Arriving Three Months Early

Here’s something we don’t see every day.  Or week.  Or year.  It’s an announcement from Fifield Companies that its newest residential tower, NEXT (347 West Chestnut Street), is going to open — get this — three months early.  Not since the puppet bicycle took to the Loop have so many downtown observers done a double-take.

Ordinarily, developers like to be vague about construction milestones.  After all, nobody wants to look like they’re behind schedule.  And there certainly is a metric assload of things that can go kablooey and throw a construction schedule straight into the crapper.  But things are apparently going swimmingly enough over at Cabrini Green that September 1st has been set as the date when the first new residents can move in.

NEXT is 28-stories tall, designed by Pappageorge Haymes, and when completed will have 310 residences.

Press release below.

Rendering of NEXT (Courtesy of Fifield Companies)

Rendering of NEXT (Courtesy of Fifield Companies)


NEXT Luxury Apartments Move-Ins Set for Sept. 1 in Chicago’s River North

Daisy the NEXT House Dog to welcome residents to 310-unit luxury apartment tower at 347 W. Chestnut three months ahead of schedule

CHICAGO (July 5, 2016) – Chicago-based developer Fifield Cos. and Daisy, the 80-pound Newfoundland who serves as the official “House Dog” for NEXT Apartments, today announced that move-ins for the new 310-unit luxury apartment tower at 347 W. Chestnut St. are scheduled for Sept. 1. Favorable weather conditions have allowed crews to complete work three months ahead of the originally scheduled delivery date of early 2017.

Located in the bustling River North neighborhood, NEXT will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom residences, as well as luxury two- and three-bedroom penthouses. Floor plans range in size from 426 to 1,727 square feet, with rents ranging from $1,725 to $6,500.

“We’re delighted to welcome residents to this spectacular new development months ahead of schedule,” said Steve Fifield, chairman of Fifield Cos. “Since we broke ground last June on NEXT – one of the first high-rise apartment buildings to be constructed in this area, which was formerly zoned for manufacturing – the immediate area surrounding the building has seen an uptick in commercial development. This activity has made the neighborhood an even more exciting place to live due to its proximity to well-paying jobs, public transportation and expressways, and popular dining and entertainment options.”

According to Fifield Cos., NEXT is Chicago’s first rental high-rise to offer an official “House Dog,” Daisy, who will be available to residents looking for occasional canine companionship without the obligations of pet ownership.

“As animal lovers, we know many of our renters also love dogs, but because of busy lifestyles and travel, the logistics of owning one aren’t always feasible,” said Randy Fifield, chairman of Fifield Realty Corp., the multifamily development arm of Fifield Cos. “In addition to NEXT’s well-appointed residences and five-star amenities, Daisy the House Dog is one more way that residents will find the building to be a warm, friendly place to call home in the heart of it all.”

Additional amenities will include an outdoor pool, spa and sun terrace, complete with cabanas, a fire pit and outdoor grilling kitchens with pergolas and seating. Residents will also have access to a state-of-the-art fitness club with an indoor/outdoor yoga studio; media room with oversized TV and surround sound; full demonstration kitchen; Starbucks coffee bar; gaming arcade; business center and conference room; pet grooming center; and a “bicycle kitchen” that will include bicycle storage, as well as supplies, tools and air pumps.

Individual residences at NEXT will feature 9-foot ceilings, oversized windows, plank flooring, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, Grohe faucets, oak-faced flat paneled cabinets and GE stainless steel appliances. Select units also will include private balconies, master bedroom walk-in closets, frameless glass showers and double-bowl bathroom vanities.

NEXT is located just blocks from several major employers in Chicago’s emerging tech triangle, bounded by the city’s West Loop, River North and Goose Island neighborhoods. The tower is in proximity to a variety of popular River North dining and nightlife destinations, as well as nearby parks and grocery stores, including Whole Foods, Jewel-Osco and Target. NEXT is two blocks from the CTA’s Chicago Brown/Purple Line station and a short walk from the Chicago Red Line station, offering convenient transit access to the Loop and both Midway and O’Hare international airports.

The leasing office, located immediately south of NEXT, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on NEXT, call (312) 361-3199 or visit

Location: 347 West Chestnut Street, Cabrini Green

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