The 1200 West Fulton Train Pulls Out, Leaves Station Behind

Plans for a rather visually complicated office building are advancing in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.  Paperwork has been filed with the city for approval of a two-building complex at 1200 West Fulton Market.

It’s actually just one building, with the eastern portion rising 14 stories, and the western portion reaching 18.

December 2019 diagram of 1200 West Fulton Market
December 2019 diagram of 1200 West Fulton Market

A similar project was proposed for this location by a different developer in 2016 when cities still thought it was a good idea to have’s second headquarters in their ‘hoods.  Back then, the marketing material for this location included a Metra station at North Ogden Avenue.  With Amazon long gone, so are hopes for the station, as there’s no mention of it in the latest paperwork from the current interested parties.

  • Address: 1200-1234 West Fulton Market Street
  • 300-322 North Racine Avenue
  • 1213-1225 West Carroll Avenue
  • Developer: Ryan Companies
  • Architecture firm: CallisonRTKL
  • Floor area ratio: 8.1 (5.0 base + 3.1 bonus)
  • Floors: 18
  • Terraces: 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 11th floors
  • Zoning: M2-3 → DX-5 → Business Planned Development
  • Net site area: 87,334 square feet
  • Maximum height: 300 feet
  • Office space: 556,000 square feet
  • Retail space: 150,000 square feet
  • Automobile parking: 335 spaces
  • Bicycle parking: 100 spaces
  • Parking garage access: from North Racine Avenue
  • Loading docks: four
  • Loading dock access: from West Carroll Avenue

Location: 1200 West Fulton Market Street, West Town

Author: Editor

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