Construction Update
No Loafing For Construction Crews At Former Bakery Site

That’s not the smell of fresh baked bread hanging in the air over 1001 West Chicago Avenue these days. That’s a tower crane. And it doesn’t smell at all like bread. Yo Chicago’s Joe Zekas slid a copy of his recent photograph of construction progress at the site into our tip line toaster, and what popped up is both crispy and delicious.

1001 West Chicago under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!/Joe Zekas.)

1001 West Chicago under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!/Joe Zekas.)

It shows the former industrial bakery has been scraped from the earth, and construction crews are busy turning it into a pair of offset residential mid-rises linked by a podium designed by friends-of-the-blog FitzGerald Associates. When it’s done, we’re talking 363 new apartments, some with views of the Chicago skyline that your local teen-ager would describe as “ossim.”

Rendering of 1001 West Chicago

Rendering of 1001 West Chicago

Open wide. Here comes the firehose.

  • Developer: SP Riverwest, LLC
  • For realsies: Bond Companies
  • Architecture firm: FitzGerald Associates
  • Net site area: 81,821 square feet
  • North tower height: 169 feet 8 inches
  • South tower height: 200 feet 8 inches
  • North tower roof height: 154 feet 4 inches
  • South tower roof height: 200 feet 8 inches
  • North tower floors: 15
  • South tower floors: 16
  • Floor area ratio: 4.70
  • Residences: 363
  • Auto parking spaces: 318
  • Bicycle parking spaces: 50
  • Loading docks: 4
  • Green roof alert: 29,100 square feet

Location: 1001 West Chicago Avenue, River West


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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