Construction Update
Lendlease Rolls Out The Barrel for The Cooper at Southbank

We were going to make a bunch of silly puns about barrels of monkeys, or being over a barrel, or fish in a barrel, but we won’t.  Except for that one in the headline about rolling out the barrel.  That was clever.

In case you don’t know, “cooper” is another word for someone who makes barrels for a living.  And “The Cooper” is the name of a new residential building in the South Loop where you could soon be living.  But you don’t have to be a barrelmaker by trade to live there.  It’s just a name.

Rendering of The Cooper (Courtesy of Lendlease)

Rendering of The Cooper (Courtesy of Lendlease)

Barangaroo-based Lendlease sent over some new renderings of the upcoming 29-story apartment tower now under construction in the South Loop’s Southbank development.  You may remember Southbank as the northern portion of the Riverline development, south of Roosevelt Road.  Lendlease started the project with CMK, but the two parted ways with CMK getting the southern portion, and the Riverline name.

Designed by Perkins+Will, The Cooper will be the first of five new Southbank towers when it opens to residents in September of this year.  It’s the first project in Chicago that Lendlease is both developing and building. Pre-leasing begins this month, so you can pre-live there all summer.

The base has 6,000 square feet of retail space and 26 two-story townhouses overlooking a park.  Above that is five floors of parking, and the rest of the tower is made up of another 426 rentals.  Sizes range from studios to three-bedroom penthouses on the top floor.

Standout amenities include a bocce ball court, hammocks, and a “virtual sports simulation room.”



Location: 720 South Wells Street, South Loop

Author: Editor

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