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Conceptual Mixed-Use Design Envisioned for Printer’s Row Parking Lot

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The design concept features new apartments and a grocery store

As Chicago’s South Loop continues to boom, MGLM Architects has shared its own vision for a new, mixed-use development to replace a surface lot at the southeast corner of Dearborn and Harrison. The local firm’s seven-story brick and terra cotta design would not only include 170 loft-style apartments, but also new ground floor retail space anchored by a grocery store — an amenity the growing Printer's Row neighborhood and its nine adjacent universities currently lack.

Though MGLM is certainly very familiar with the site and the surrounding area given its offices are located immediately south at 711 S Dearborn, the project in question isn’t quite shovel-ready. The lot’s current role as dedicated parking dates back to a 1981 Planned Development which allowed the neighboring Transportation Building at 600 S. Dearborn to eventually be converted into condominiums. As a result, any new development on this site would likely require amendments to the existing plan.

While it may just be a rough concept at this point, the project looks promising thanks to its urban scale, highly contextualized design, and improved pedestrian experience. More information can be found on MGLM’s website.