Less Height, More Parking: 352 North Union Moving Ahead

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard a peep out of 352 North Union. But it appears that Vancouver’s Onni Group is ready to get busy on the 450-foot residential tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District.

2015 rendering of 352 North Union (Courtesy of Alderman Brendan Reilly's office)
2015 rendering of 352 North Union (on the right)

Except that it’s not going to be 450 feet tall anymore. The City of Chicago recently approved the developer’s request to shorten the building down to a mere 410 feet, making it the 96th-tallest building in Chicago, tied with five other buildings that will never be seen on InstaFaceTube.

By our count, the Pappageorge Haymes design is now just 30 stories tall, plus some mechanical space. Losing five floors from an already below-average sized building is pretty notable. We haven’t seen this kind of George Costanza-caliber shrinkage since… yesterday when we told you that Salesforce Tower Chicago got trimmed 135 feet.

Diagram of 352 North Union
Diagram of 352 North Union

There is some good news, however, for people moving into the city who can’t shake their car addiction. 352 North Union has also been approved to increase its minimum parking from 145 spaces to 170. The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has ruled that this “will not create an adverse impact on the… surrounding neighborhood.” Remember that next time you’re cooling your jets at the Kinzie/Milwaukee/Desplaines intersection long enough to take up knitting.

Location: 352 North Union Avenue, Fulton River District

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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