Groundbreaking ceremony at 800 Fulton Market sets stage for 19-story mixed use building

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Developers held a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 30 for a 19-story mixed use building at 800 W. Fulton Market, though as of Nov. 2, a building permit filing does not appear on the City of Chicago’s database for that address. (It is possible the permit was issued under another street address.)

The ceremony featured joint venture partners Thor Equities and QuadReal, a leasing broker, and designer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The project was dedicated by Chicago Ald. Walter Burnett, Jr., (Ward 27) along with executive leadership from the groups involved in the project.

The property occupies a full city block, bounded by North Green, West Fulton Market, Wayman, and Halsted streets and the media statement says the project will encompass  more than 450,000 sq. ft. of office space, public amenities, retail and food and beverage outlets. The structure will target both LEED Platinum and the WELL Building Standard certification and is scheduled to open in spring of 2021.

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800 West Fulton rendering, image from SOM

“We are thrilled to begin construction on 800 W Fulton, one of the most highly anticipated new developments in Fulton Market,” said Thor Equities Chief Operating Officer Melissa Gliatta. 

This mixed-use building is defined by a varied façade that cascades down to match the existing street level.

“Our goal with this design is to truly create a gateway into the historic Fulton Market District, with a space that would integrate seamlessly and uniquely into the fabric of this burgeoning neighborhood,” said SOM consulting design partner Brian Lee. “Each of the setbacks offers generous outdoor terraces for the office tenants, providing a range of outdoor amenities and plantings. Along Fulton Market Street, the podium contains protected balconies that overlook the neighborhood, enforcing the neighborhood aesthetic.”

“Our research-based approach and experience draws us to the dynamic Fulton Market area,” said Jonathan Dubois-Phillips, president, International Real of QuadReal. “A diverse group of companies are adopting Fulton Market as their new home, enhancing its growth and reinforcing why this location offers it all to tenants: a diverse community in which to work, live and play.”


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