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When Children’s Memorial Hospital moved from Lincoln Park to Streeterville in 2012, a prime chunk of Lincoln Park real estate went up for grabs.
That 6-acre, mostly triangular parcel at the crossroads of Halsted Street and Fullerton and Lincoln avenues, is now a mixed-use development anchored by a duo of sleek 20-story residential towers. Collectively, they are The Apartments at Lincoln Common.
The overall project, Lincoln Common, in varying stages of completion, includes a five-story office building, 32-unit luxury condominium building, 156-room senior living facility, 850-stall parking garage, 100,000 square feet of retail space and more than an acre of public outdoor space.
Although the site was largely demolished, several architectural elements were preserved and incorporated into the new construction.
“To me, the end result is you have this development that opened in 2019, but it feels so much more organic and blended into the neighborhood,” said David Bach, managing director at co-developer Hines. “If it were all steel and glass and modern, it would feel out of place in a historic, tree-lined neighborhood like Lincoln Park.”
The towers are identical except for the interior decor. One has a classic, sophisticated aesthetic, and the other has a whimsical, artsy feeling.
Both towers have 269 apartments on the 2nd through 19th floors. They range in size from studios to three bedrooms, and are configured into 35 floor plans. Eight penthouses are on the 19th floors.
All apartments have white-and-gray color schemes, wide-plank flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washers and dryers, solar shades and closet organizers. Baths have oversized showers or tub-and-shower combos. Balconies are per plan.
Kitchens feature stainless steel appliances, duo-tone cabinetry with white glossy uppers and woodgrain lowers, white quartz counters, tile backsplashes and under-cabinet lighting.
A one-bedroom model called the Concord is a corner unit measuring 777 square feet. From the front door, an L-shaped hallway passes coat and laundry closets before opening to a great space. The kitchen is defined by an appliance wall and an island with storage compartments and breakfast seating. A glass-enclosed balcony opposite the kitchen captures views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. The bedroom has a linear closet. The bath is appointed with porcelain tile floor and tub surround, single vanity, framed mirror and an alcove with shelving for storage or towel display.
The towers are separated by a drive-in plaza crowned by an enormous white pergola-like structure, which Bach called “the trellis.” Also within the development are two landscaped parks, including a children’s playground.
The towers have identical amenities. On the first floors are a co-working lounge, coffee bar, bicycle storage and package room. The pet spas have built-in baths and owners’ lounges that open to enclosed outdoor dog runs.
The 20th floors promise both recreation and conviviality. The outdoor swimming pools are flanked by rooftop lounges with grilling stations, dining areas and conversation seating. Indoors are the fitness center, yoga studio and sky lounge with entertainment kitchens.
Residents don’t have to walk back and forth between buildings to reach the communal amenities, Bach said. “You live in a bigger development, but it feels more like a boutique hotel than an institutional apartment building.”
The folks behind it
The Apartments at Lincoln Common were co-developed by McCaffery and Hines, who also own and manage the property. The architects are Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Antunovich Associates. All are based in Chicago. The first move-ins arrived in April.
Apartments: Prices are based on availability and subject to change. Studio, 486 to 570 square feet, from $1,895; one-bedroom, 756 to 1,058 square feet, from $2,495; two-bedroom, 1,164 to 1,521 square feet, from $3,750; three-bedroom, 1,763 to 1,905 square feet, from $6,500.
Lease terms: 13-month lease terms, $75 application fee and $500 administration fee.
Renter’s insurance: Required.
Utilities: Monthly utility package ranges from $95 to $200, depending on unit size, and includes natural gas, water, trash removal and internet. Tenant pays separately for electricity and cable TV.
Parking: Onsite garage, from $250 a month.
Pets: Pet-friendly. One-time fees: $250 for one cat, $400 for two cats, $350 for one dog, $500 for two dogs. Breed restrictions apply.
Smoking policy: Nonsmoking.