25 story mixed-use building in Chicago gets plan approval


Judy Lamelza

Special to Chicago Construction News

The Chicago Plan Commission has approved Sterling Bay’s mixed-use development at 2033 N. Kingsbury. This project, situated directly across from Lincoln Yards North, bridges the gap between the high-density towers of Lincoln Yards and the low-rise buildings along N. Clybourn Ave.

The building, designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners, will create 355 units, 203 parking spaces, 360 bike spaces, and 7,500 sq. ft, of retail space.

Building structure and materials

Urbanize Chicago reports that the 25-story tower incorporates a mix of brick, steel, and glass. This combination not only enhances the building’s aesthetic appeal but also ensures structural integrity and durability. The facade design aims to break down the building’s mass, preventing it from becoming a monolithic structure. This is achieved by shifting volumes and creating view corridors from Lincoln Yards towards the east.

To comply with the Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), 71 units will be designated as affordable, making it an inclusive development. The ground floor will feature 7,500 square feet of retail space, enhancing the street-level experience and providing amenities for residents and visitors alike.

The building will include a private drive along the north end, giving residents access to 203 car parking spaces. Additionally, a bike room with 360 bike parking spaces will support eco-friendly transportation options. The ground floor’s setback design allows for a residential entry in the middle of the street frontage, contributing to a welcoming and accessible environment.

Construction phases

The construction of this project is expected to span 24 months, once financing is secured. The phases will include:

  • Site Preparation: Clearing and grading the site, including the demolition of existing structures if necessary.
  • Foundation Work: Excavation and laying the foundation, critical for the building’s stability.
  • Structural Framing: Erecting the steel framework and pouring concrete floors.
  • Exterior Finishing: Installing the brick, steel, and glass facade.
  • Interior Work: Electrical, plumbing, HVAC installations, followed by drywall, painting, and flooring.
  • Final Touches: Installing fixtures, landscaping, and setting up retail spaces.

The development at 2033 N. Kingsbury is poised to provide a significant economic boost to the local area. The creation of retail spaces will attract businesses, while the addition of residential units will bring new residents, supporting local commerce and services.

Judy Lamelza wrote this article for the Databid.com eletter.


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