You Can Now Live in a Reed on the Banks of the Chicago River

The first riverside skyscraper at Lendlease’s Southbank development is now selling units.  The Reed, at 234 West Polk Street, has begun sales of its condominiums, which run from 390,000 for 630 square feet of living space to 1,400,000 for 1,670 square feet of living large space.

Rendering of The Reed
Rendering of The Reed

The Reed is expected to have 216 residences on floors 23 through 41.  It will also have 244 apartments down below on 9 through 22, but for those you’ll have to wait until closer to completion, which is scheduled for 2023.

Among the stand-out features listed in a recent press release are… a kitchen island “with architectural steel legs?”  To be honest, all of the touted features are pretty much standard amenities on rental properties in places like Houston, so we’ll move on.

Model unit for The Reed, at The Cooper (Courtesy of Lendlease)
Model unit for The Reed, at The Cooper (Courtesy of Lendlease)

If you’re a fan of the Chicago Riverwalk, you’ll have immediate access to that amenity, since a portion of it will run right beneath the building.  And because The Reed is right on the river, some of the views will be unblockable.  Unless the city decides to move this section of the river.  And it’s been a century or so since the last time that happened. 

If you don’t end up with a river view, you can still get a good view of Southbank Park from the second floor amenity deck, which is only for condo owners.  No renters allowed.

Since The Reed isn’t fully a thing yet, the sales office is on the top of The Cooper, next door at 720 South Wells Street.  That should give you a pretty good idea of what the views will be like. 

Location: 234 West Polk Street, South Loop

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