Enormous North Union Dev Plan Approved

The plan to plant five blocks of downtown Chicago with seven skyscrapers and high rises has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.  Look for the project name “North Union” to start popping up in a few months on construction barriers.

May, 2021 diagram of North Union.
May, 2021 diagram of North Union.

This land was formerly owned by Moody Bible Institute, which sold it to JDL Development.  You may know Moody Bible from the really great Christmas music it plays on one of WMBI’s digital channels each year.

May, 2021 diagram of 871 North Franklin Street and 878 North Wells Street.
May, 2021 diagram of 871 North Franklin Street and 878 North Wells Street.

Construction of phase one is expected to start this year, and includes a 300-foot-tall residential block on the corner of North Wells and West Chestnut Streets.  Along with two smaller buildings, this part of the project will have 486 new homes, 5,765 square feet of retail space, and 23,000 square feet of public open space.

The rest of the project breaks down this way:

Phase Two (2023)

  • Block bounded by Wells, Locust, Franklin, and Walton
  • Residences: 344
  • Retail space: 26,725 square feet
  • Building heights: 48, 130, 160, and 205 feet

Phase Three (2025)

  • Eastern half of the block bounded by Wells, Walton, CTA Brown/Purple tracks, Oak Street
  • Residences: 248
  • Public open space: 36,000 square feet
  • Building heights: 1-4 stories, plus a 475-foot-tall tower

Phase Four (2027)

  • Western half of the block bounded by Wells, Walton, CTA Brown/Purple tracks, Oak Street
  • Residences: 379
  • Public open space: 2,000 square feet
  • Building height: 380 feet

Phase Five (2029)

  • Western half of block bounded by Wells, Oak, CTA Brown/Purple tracks, Hill Street
  • Residences: 1,209
  • Public open space: 49,500 square feet
  • Building heights: 620 feet and 695 feet

Location: 878 North Wells Street, Near North

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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