Drawing its name from its location in the heart of Chicago’s original boutique art and furniture gallery district, the 34-story, cream-colored rental tower known as “Exhibit on Superior” has officially opened its doors and will start welcoming residents in the coming days. Designed by Chicago’s bKL Architecture and developed by partners Magellan Development Group, MAC Management & Parse Capital, the $113 million project replaces River North’s old Howard Johnson motel and diner that bit the dust just 20 months prior.
In addition to 298 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom rental apartments, Exhibit features an amenity level dubbed Howie’s—referencing the site’s previous long-time occupant. The fifth-floor space includes a well-appointed fitness center, lounge, party room, game area, library, private work stations, and an 8,400-square-foot outdoor deck with a 75-foot lap pool, hot tub, fire pits, and grilling stations overlooking the city.
Exhibit manages to conceal its 109 space garage inside what is arguably one of River North’s better parking podiums and meets the street with a modern lobby for residents, 14,500 square feet of retail space, and a new pocket park at Superior and Wells created by landscape architect Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp. The soon-to-open green space is already home to a new sculpture from artists Pål Svensson’s titled “Turning Triangle.”
With individual units ranging between 450 and 1528 square feet in size, Exhibit’s aforementioned communal amenities are likely to see plenty of use. Though on the smaller side, apartments here start at $1,692 and are priced lower than many of downtown’s new developments that often seek in excess of $2,000 for a studio. Further information and availability can be found on Exhibit’s newly launched website.