Chicago-based developer Fifield Cos. announced leasing has begun at Westerly, its 188-unit mixed-use apartment development at 740 N. Aberdeen Street in Chicago’s River West neighborhood, situated along the Hipster Highway bikeway and offering proximity to downtown and other popular urban neighborhoods. Fifield expects first move-ins in October.
Designed by FitzGerald Associates Architects and built by McHugh Construction, the property takes inspiration from the architectural history of the neighborhood with its brick and glass design. The upscale mid-rise includes a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 544 to 1,513 square feet, with interiors by Morgante Wilson Architects.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and nine-foot ceilings afford ample natural light and stunning views of the cityscape from the open plan living space with kitchens that feature quartz countertops, soft-close cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The apartments also feature spa baths, custom closet organizers, in-unit washers and dryers, and plank flooring throughout. Some residences include balconies.
“Offering a range of apartment sizes and floor plan configurations means that Westerly appeals to a mix of residents who are looking for a home that provides convenient access to the city center, but without the hustle and bustle at their doorsteps,” said Jon Schneider, senior vice president at Fifield Cos. “Inside the building, our curated amenities are an extension of the individual units, providing space for working from home, maintaining a fitness routine or enjoying the outdoors on our large recreation terrace or at our adjacent public park.”
Westerly’s indoor suite of lifestyle amenities includes a fitness club, resident lounge, coffee bar and penthouse-level party room with skyline views. The coworking space is designed for privacy and to create distance among users, offering an environment well-suited to quiet work. With its location along the Milwaukee Avenue bikeway, the building is convenient for those cycling throughout the city and provides ample bike storage and a bike “kitchen” for maintenance and repair. Garage parking includes 80 spaces.
Private outdoor amenities are located on the third level and include a landscaped sun terrace with a pool, shade cabanas, and distinct seating and dining areas. Additional space for outdoor entertaining is featured on the rooftop deck with grilling stations, cabanas and seating areas overlooking the downtown skyline. Adjacent to Westerly and with separate, private access for residents, Fifield Cos. has created a new public park, designed by Hitchcock Design Group, which features a dog park, green space and seating.
With 2,400 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, Westerly will bring to the neighborhood new retail, restaurants and other conveniences. The building’s location steps from the intersection of Milwaukee and Chicago avenues provides easy access to neighborhoods throughout the city and a convenient commute along the Kennedy Expressway and on the CTA Blue Line.
“Our location in River West puts residents of the Westerly in proximity to the Loop, West Loop and River North, as well as neighborhoods like Bucktown, Wicker Park and Logan Square,” said Lindsey Senn, executive vice president at Fifield Cos. “Whether you want to walk, bike, drive or hop in an Uber, it’s easy to get from the Westerly to nearly any hot spot, then return home to a quiet, sophisticated oasis.”