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Apartment proposal for Chicago’s Printer’s Row gets one more design tweak

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The development plan for 742 N. Dearborn is now on its fourth design iteration

A long-discussed plan to bring new apartments to an empty lot at the northwest corner of Dearborn and Polk Streets in Chicago’s Printer’s Row neighborhood has once again morphed in appearance. Originally proposed as a 15-story structure containing 130 micro apartments and extended-stay hotel units, the project from LG Development and Myefski Architects shrunk down to seven floors and 60 dwellings earlier this year. Now, according to an updated rendering appearing on the message board, the design has again been changed.

While the tweak leaves the scale and massing of the building roughly the same as before, the facade has adopted a more historically contextual, ornamented appearance to echo surrounding buildings. This fourth and latest iteration of 742 S. Dearborn will head to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks in two days. According to the group’s posted agenda, Landmarks staff recommends the project for approval. The plan will also include ground floor retail and a rooftop amenity deck.