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Renderings reveal 13-story River North condo development near Huron & Dearborn

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Approved by the City of Chicago in 2016, the project would contain just eleven for-sale luxury residences

A 13-story condo development slated to replace a former church at 56 W. Huron in River North could be moving forward soon. Formerly occupied by Van Cleef Hair Studio—a salon previously frequented by First Lady Michelle Obama—the vacant 1912 brick building would be demolished for ten full-floor condominiums and one duplex penthouse from Chicago-based Kiferbaum Development.

According to a public notice for a proposed zoning change sent to nearby residents in February of 2016, the 154-foot development will feature a ground floor lobby and at-grade garage parking for eleven vehicles. The aforementioned zoning change from DX-5 to DX-7 was approved by Chicago City Council a few months later.

Though city entitlements have been in place for over a year, the design of the project remained a mystery. However, a pair of renderings recently posted on the discussion forum provide a first public glimpse of the 13-story glass and steel structure from Studio Dwell Architects.

So far, 56 W. Huron has yet to receive a building permit but its developers do plan to break ground later this summer. It’s worth noting that the tower would only occupy the narrow footprint of the former church building and is entirely separate from the vacant lot to the immediate east.

The development would replace the former church at 56 W. Huron [center].
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