The 369 West Grand apartment building is comprised of 365 units in a glass-clad 41-story tower in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Structural columns, subtly visible behind the glass façade, are fully expressed on the east and west at the building’s top, revealing three floors of penthouse units. Recessed balconies accentuate the tower’s verticality, creating a lively rhythm of glass planes and voids.
A five-story-tall base houses retail on the ground level with parking above. Brick-framed piers respond to the older structures in the area with translucent glazed infill obscuring parking for 250 cars on its upper floors. Extensive tenant amenities occupy the sixth floor, with an adjacent outdoor deck atop the podium. The tower’s midblock location preserves views for neighboring buildings while providing better access to light for tenants.
A parklet on Orleans provides public open space. The modern aesthetic of 369 West Grand builds on the neighborhood’s 19th century grid-based masonry-clad warehouses, which helped define Chicago’s First School of Architecture and continue to give the area its unique character.