Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower

In cities these days, trains are one of those “If you build it, they will come” amenities.  Case in point: The new residential tower that just broke ground a block from the CTA’s Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station.

Rendering of 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer)

The 24-story building is an SCB design for Draper and Kramer located at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  When complete, the tower will bring 275 new homes to the area between McCormick Place, and the Hilliard Tower ApartmentsBertrand Goldberg’s landmark residential complex.

“We wanted the design of this tower to reflect the dynamism of the neighborhood,” says John Lahey, principal of Solomon Cordwell Buenz. “By selectively extruding the façade, we were able to not only capture great views to downtown from the units, but also create a prismatic effect in which the light will constantly change the appearance of the building depending on the time of day.”

The apartments will run from 529 square feet to 1,411 square feet.  The smallest units start at $1,800.

Because there aren’t a lot of skyscrapers in the immediate vicinity, the views should be pretty good.

Completion is pencilled in for summer 2020.

Location: 2111 South Wabash Avenue, South Loop

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