“And that’s all she wrote,” a construction foreman may or may not have said recently, as the apartment block at 30 East Balbo Avenue in the South Loop topped out.
Officially called the 30 East Apartments by the developer, Gilbane Development Company, the building mid-rises 16 stories into the air over the greater Printer’s Row district. It was designed by friends-of-the-blog, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and the photographs are from the man who seems to have the keys to every roof in the Loop, Joe Zekas over at YoChicago!.
The 150,000 square foot building is being marketed to the neighborhood’s college student population, which is multiplying like french fries under the back seat of mom’s mini-van. As the building’s web site notes, it’s “Just one block from Grant Park,” offering students prime turf for hackey-sack, or frisbee golf, or whatever it is that college students do outdoors these days. It also offers 134 residences ranging from studios all the way up to four bedrooms, for those who prefer to split rent like a boss. To that end, it even has a roommate matching service.
This was formerly the location of a two-story parking garage that was also home to a tacky liquor store and Harold’s Chicken Shack #62. While we’ll miss the… unique… ambiance of the place while waiting for our quarter dark with chef’s lemonade, nothing else of value was lost. And who knows, maybe the chicken shack will be back. College students still eat chicken, right?