Construction Update
Chicago River’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out

The latest high rise shouldering in for a view of the Chicago River has topped out. The ceremonial final steel beam for Renelle on the River was recently hoisted into place at the top of the building at 403 North Wabash Avenue.

The ceremonial final beam ceremony at Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

The ceremonial final beam ceremony at Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

Renelle is slotted ever-so-gently between Trump International Hotel and Tower and River Plaza, giving its residents singular views of the heart of Chicago.

It has just 45 condominiums in its 18 stories because they’re all three- or four-bedrooms each.  Prices range from $1.5 million to “If you have to ask…”

Renelle was designed by bKL Architecture for Belgravia Group, and is perched on top of a four-story parking garage.  As we reported a couple of years ago:

The northern two-thirds of the eastern facade is angled inward slightly to provide views of the Chicago River… With a maximum of three residences per floor, everyone gets a slice of the view. And if that’s not enough, there’s a full amenity floor with plenty of outside rooftop space.

Redering of Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

Redering of Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)


Belgravia Celebrates Topping-Off Milestone at 18-Story Renelle on the River Condominium Building in Chicago’s River North

CHICAGO – Belgravia Group today celebrated the topping-off of Renelle on the River with a beam-signing ceremony on site at 403 N. Wabash Ave., in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The developer’s 18-story, 50-unit luxury condominium building along the Chicago River is scheduled to begin closing homes in early 2019.

Belgravia officials, project consultants and team members gathered at the base of the development to sign the final beam and view the lifting of the signed beam to its place at the top of Renelle on the River.

“As we celebrate the completion of the steel structure for Renelle on the River, we also note the expertise and hard work of each team member who has contributed to the design and construction of this beautiful luxury building, which is taking its place alongside iconic neighbors like the Wrigley Building,” said Alan Lev, CEO of Belgravia Group. “Through years of planning and intense collaboration, we are proud to bring this community to life on one of the last parcels of land available on this stretch of the Chicago River.”

“Now that the building is topped off, everyone can see how it’s not only perfectly positioned to offer stunning city and river views but it is also just steps away from the vibrant Riverwalk and bustling Michigan Avenue,” Lev continued.

At 65 percent sold, the bKL Architects-designed Renelle on the River features five different floor plans, including a blend of three- and four-bedroom home designs, and a rare option for two-level living in three-bedroom, three-bath duplexes.

Each condominium features a large kitchen/family room combination with separate formal living spaces, three or four bedrooms, and three or 3½ baths. Single-level floor plans range from 2,249 to 3,434 square feet and are priced from $1,589,900 to $3,213,900. The duplex option is 1,827 square feet and priced from $1,275,900. To date, only three duplexes remain.

“Renelle’s thoughtfully designed floor plans and large room sizes have been a great success, attracting a variety of buyers, from empty-nesters leaving suburban life for the city to those seeking spaces that live like single-family homes in a dynamic urban location,” said Lev.

Owners will enjoy 10-foot ceilings, expansive windows, 8-foot solid-core doors, 5-inch wood flooring, abundant gallery walls for artwork, and private balconies. Kitchens will feature Snaidero cabinetry, a choice of natural stone or quartz countertops, and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. Belgravia’s in-house designers work with each buyer to personalize their home from a broad array of finishes on display at Renelle’s on-site design center.

Buyers and agents have been able to “tour” a Renelle floor plan through Belgravia’s unique VR-360 Model Home technology. The virtual tours provide future residents an immersive living experience complete with the magnificent river views afforded to these homes.

Renelle on the River also boasts an exclusive suite of owner amenities, including a rooftop lounge on the 18th floor that will include a game room, screening room, indoor and outdoor kitchens, and a 4,500-square-foot terrace. Additional amenities include a 24-hour doorman, fitness center with private yoga room, outdoor dog run and bike storage area.

To learn more about Renelle on the River and experience a virtual reality tour, visit the sales gallery at 405 N. Wabash Ave. Additional information is available at or by calling (312) 955-0711.

Location: 403 North Wabash Avenue, Near North

Author: Editor

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