You know what makes older architecture look nice? Adding shiny new architecture right next to it. That’s what’s happening in Bronzeville, at the Prairie Shores apartment complex, where a Gensler-designed pavilion will soon snuggle between two buildings of the five-building property.
The glassy “clubhouse” is being added between 2901 and 2951 South Martin Luther King Jr Drive by newish owners Golub & Company and Farpoint Development. You may remember Golub from such Streeterville buildings as Moment, and Tribune Tower East. Farpoint lights up the radar next door at the former Michael Reese Hospital redevelopment.
The new Prairie Shores building will be two stories tall, and encompass 17,500 square feet. Those feet include space for outdoor seating, fire features, yoga yurts, palates places, cardio caves, and something called a “private wellness room,” which sounds a lot like the place where Peloton moms tell Hayden, Aiden, Braiden, and Jayden to go when they’ve had too many artisanal craft root beer ice pops.
Also look for a grab-n-go cafe, a great room with lounge seating, and a pretty good room with vending machines. For people still able to work from home (Anybody need a good web developer? Cheap!), there will be both co-working space and solo-working space.
It’s expected to be completed by what bean counters call 2Q2022, but you and I call “summer of next year.” Golub and its plus one also plan to renovate and upgrade all of the apartments and common areas.
Now is a good time to breathe a little new life into the Bronzeville residential complex. As we noted, it’s right next to the former Michael Reese Hospital property which is about to be redeveloped into a massive medicine-heavy mixed-use district. It was just last year that the boundaries for the Reese redevelopment were expanded to include the Prairie Shores property.
On a related note: Has anyone else noticed that in Chicago, Gensler has been busier than a one-legged man at an ass kicking contest? Did they have a Groupon, or something?