A 727’s View of 727 West Madison

Ok, maybe Joe Zekas at YoChicago! didn’t fire up an actual Boeing 727 to take these photos.  But Air Joe One is close enough, and from the sky we get a pretty good idea of how 727 West Madison is shaping up.

The answer is: “nicely.”

727 West Madison under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

727 West Madison under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

727 topped out a couple of weeks ago and the good people over at FitzGerald Associates sent over a description of what they were thinking when they put together the sexy beast of a skyscraper:

727 West Madison is the result of a rare opportunity to develop a site without height restrictions at Chicago’s well-traveled north-south dividing line, sandwiched between the vibrant Halsted Street corridor and the bustling I-90/I-94 expressway. The building’s design drew attention from the very beginning and garnered praise during a remarkably smooth approval process. Topped out and rapidly approaching full enclosure, 727 West Madison is proving that the team’s planning and vision were well-invested, and excitement continues to grow as a truly stunning building rises into view from angles all over the surrounding neighborhoods.

The iconic shape of 727 West Madison evolved as a programmatic response to what was planned for the base of the building. Initially, a hotel ballroom was planned on the ground level with cars above. In order for cars to access the parking levels, a spiral ramp was deemed most efficient and designed for the south side of the building.

It became clear that the units above the ramp could benefit from the same half-cylinder shape, so the form was extended up the tower and gave the end units expansive city views. The design continued to evolve, and the feature was added to the other end of the building, thus creating a marker for the building’s entry.

727 West Madison under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

727 West Madison under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

727 is being built by Lendlease for Fifield and Skokie’s F&F Realty.  Interiors by Morgante Wilson Architects, out of Evanston.

The 45-story tower is the tallest building west of the Kennedy Expressway, and will have 492 residences when completed in the standard Chicago mix from studios to three-bedroom units.  There will also be 375 parking spaces, which we’ll forgive because it is highway-adjacent.

Leasing is scheduled to begin in September, with move-ins starting in November.

It will be kitted out with all of the usual 2018 Chicago apartment amenities like a common area on the 45th floor, plus a business center for co-working, cubicles for solo-working, a bike storage and repair facility, and a dog spa.  There will be no cat spa, because cats are self-cleaning.

Author: Editor

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

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