Urbanize recently toured Post Chicago, a newly completed co-living residential development at Wendelin Park, a new mixed-use development in the Near North Side. Planned by Structured Development, the overall three-building, 487-unit community is centered around a new public park on the larger site that is bound by W. Blackhawk, N. Dayton, and N. Kingsbury Streets.
Touring with Structured Development, we began in the residential lobby which overlooks W. Blackhawk St. The ground floor includes a full suite of amenities with a large coworking space that has large tables, working booths and tables all facing south to the future Wendelin Park. Residents will also have access to a fitness center, community room, and party lounge that also face the future park. The back of the floor plate is home to a parking garage for 43 cars which can be rented by tenants.
Heading up into the building, we toured a series of the co-living apartments in the building. While there are 19 traditional apartments, we did not see them on the tour. The majority of the building is co-living apartments, operated by provider Tripalink. These 107 units are either 3-bed/2-bath or 4-bed/3-bath, and are rented by the room, so tenants would have roommates that they share the common spaces with.
Touring two model units, the apartments are designed with luxury finishes, in-unit laundry, and come fully furnished down to the silverware in the kitchen for residents. With a staggered layout, 4-bedroom units have two bedrooms up against the outside wall of the building that share a bathroom, and two units inset from the facade that have their own bathrooms. These inset bedrooms gain natural light through indents in the massing of the building which gives its blocky or serrated character.
Heading down the building, we stopped on the second floor which houses the outdoor roof deck. Residents will be able to use the provided grilling stations, fire pits, and seating to look south towards the downtown skyline and look over the future Wendelin Park, the overall development’s last phase of the project.
With pre-leasing in full swing, Post Chicago is open to residents and move-ins have begun.