Pair of West Van Buren Towers Going To The People – Bigger Than Expected

A pair of residential towers planned for just off the Eisenhower Expressway is going to get its public airing.

The buildings proposed by Tandem Partners are at 1050 and 1125 West Van Buren  Street.  Both were designed by Antunovich Associates.

Locations of 1050 and 1125 West Van Buren (via Apple Maps)

Locations of 1050 and 1125 West Van Buren (via Apple Maps)

First peep came in January from Crain’s, but we haven’t heard anything since then.  There will be plenty of peeping next Thursday (July 26, 2018) when the projects are unveiled in detail to the public at 6pm at the Merit School of Music (38 South Peoria Street).

January, 2018 Rendering of 1050 West Van Buren (via Crain's Chicago Business)

January, 2018 Rendering of 1050 West Van Buren (via Crain’s Chicago Business)

1050 is envisioned as a 21-story building with 201 residences.  1125 will be slightly taller at 24 stories, with nine more residences.  Back in January, 1125 was expected to be just 15 stories.

Both get the obligatory ground floor retail space, but parking won’t be evenly divided. According to the West Loop Community Organization, 1050 will have 73 parking spaces, while 1125 gets just seven.  So brush up on your rock-paper-scissors skills.

While living a half-block off a major interstate highway isn’t always ideal from a noise and air quality standpoint, the location is otherwise great.  It has excellent CTA access into The Loop; UIC, Fulton Market, and Rush University Medical Center are a bike ride away; and you can walk to Target in less time than it takes to clear the Homeland Security probe to buy Zyrtec-D at Target.

Location: 1050 and 1125 West Van Buren Street, Near West Side


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