Sizeable Residential Tower Planned for Blossoming Milwaukee Corridor

As the city of Chicago’s various neighborhoods re-make themselves in a more modern image, new residential neighborhoods are blooming in unlikely places.  As Kate Nash’s 20-something garage-punk angstfest  goes, “You can grow flowers from where dirt used to be.”

One of those cracks from where flowers are springing is the Milwaukee Avenue corridor between Wicker Park and downtown.  What used to be the domain of trundling salt trucks and amped-up commuters in BMW’s evolved into a speedway for coffee-fueled hipsters on Schwinns.  And for those in search of the ever-shorter commute, real estate developers are providing housing along the route, turning this shortcut into an actual neighborhood.

Diagram of 734 North Milwaukee

Diagram of 734 North Milwaukee

Over the last few years we’ve shown you various small- and medium-scale projects on or adjacent to Milwaukee Avenue.  Now things are getting seriously serious, with a 23-story tower planned for Milwaukee and Huron, just a couple of blocks north of the Ohio Street feeder ramp.  It’s one of those too-far-to-walk-but-too-close-to-Uber locations.

This is reflected in the fact that 734 North Milwaukee has almost double the number of bicycle parking spaces as it does car parking spaces.  Or on a snowy December morning, it would be possible to cross-country ski all the way to Merchandise Mart.  Or you could put Wonder Bread bags over your socks to keep them dry like when you were a kid and hoof it to the future Tribune Tech Triangle a mere five blocks east.

Future location of 734 North Milwaukee (base via Apple Maps)

Future location of 734 North Milwaukee (base via Apple Maps)

But this isn’t another thoughtless scorched-earth project.  Antunovich Associates is incorporating the existing brick office building into the project, renovating it for continued office use.

One of the gimmes for this development is that the developer will write a check to the Chicago Park District to turn the sliver of weeds and bushes between the Ohio Street Ramps, West Erie Street, and North Milwaukee Street into a proper park.

Future location of the Erie-Carpenter Park.  Erie Carpenters is the name of my Village People tribute band.

Future location of the Erie-Carpenter Park. Erie Carpenters is the name of my Village People tribute band.

  • Address: 1030 West Huron Street
  • Address: 700 North Carpenter Street
  • Address: 701 North Aberdeen Street
  • Address: 728 North Milwaukee Avenue
  • Developer: Tandem Partners
  • Architecture firm: Antunovich and Associates
  • Net site area: 28,327 square feet
  • Floor Area Ratio: Base 5.0 + 2.5 bonus
  • Floors: 23
  • Amenity floors: 5 and 11
  • Maximum height: 266 feet
  • Roof height: 250 feet
  • Residences: 226
  • Zoning: M1-2 Light Industry → DX-5 Downtown Mixed Use → Residential Planned Development
  • Retail space: 2,300 square feet
  • Automobile parking: 97 spaces
  • Bicycle parking: 166 spaces
  • Office lobbies: West Huron Street and North Carpenter Street
  • Residential lobby: Corner of Milwaukee and Carpenter
  • Retail space: Milwaukee Avenue
  • Parking access: via North Aberdeen Street
  • Green roof alert: 10,250 square feet

Location: 734 North Milwaukee, River West

Author: Editor

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