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.
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.
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