River North Proposal Could Ace Two More Parking Lots

A three-part proposal in River North will see a seven-story building preserved, a new six-story building built next door, and a new 15-story office building around the corner. All while erasing two surface parking lots from Chicago’s land use map.

The trio was tipped by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly in a note to his constituents.

The location of 308 West Erie (Base map via Apple Maps)
The location of 308 West Erie (Base map via Apple Maps)

The building that will get a new life is 308 West Erie, outlined in green above. The parking lots that will be roundfiled are at 600 North Franklin, and 301 West Huron. Both of those are outlined in red above.

The Franklin Street address is where a new six-story building will go. According to preliminary renderings, it looks like it’s going to mimic the old warehouse buildings that used to populate the neighborhood. Mr. Reilly didn’t specify if this is going to be an office building or a residential building, but the rendering makes it look like each floor is a great big open space, and there’s enormous windows facing the L, so we’re leaning “office.”

April 2019 rendering of 308 West Erie, 600 North Franklin, and 301 West Huron.
April 2019 rendering of 308 West Erie, 600 North Franklin, and 301 West Huron.

The parking lot on West Huron is where a 15-story high rise will go up. Inside, 153,000 square feet of office space is planned, along with 137 parking spaces. This building tries less hard to remember River North’s history, but it at least puts on an industrial face so it’s not completely out of place.

If you’d like to know more about this project, or if you’d like a snack (sometimes they have cookies), the alderman has scheduled a public meeting about this project on tax day at 6:00pm at the East Bank Club.

Location: 308 West Erie Street, River North

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