The latest major transit-oriented development for the northwest side is gearing up for its big debut next month. Dubbed The Western, the new seven-level apartment block from Chicago-based developer Vequity delivers another 44 new apartments to the booming Milwaukee Avenue Corridor. Leasing is underway and the building’s very first tenants are preparing to move in for the August 1 opening.
Not unlike other developments, this project has been through a few different design iterations. The last that we were aware of depicted a sort of modular-looking stack with a 60-degree wedge facing the Milwaukee and Western intersection. Brininstool + Lynch’s design for the building hasn’t changed, but the latest renderings show that the woodgrain-colored siding has been swapped out for a more neutral slate color.
The new rental ads and the development’s website also has some newer images depicting amenity spaces, most notably the rooftop space which will feature an outdoor bocce ball court. Other amenities include an indoor bike room with a a repair station, an arcade room, and a 24-hour gym. In addition, Starbucks has signed on to take over the development’s main retail space which is prominently located on the southeast corner of the Milwaukee and Western intersection.
Like other newer transit-oriented developments in or near Logan Square, The Western has been relatively quiet in regards to leasing and its grand opening. Considering the controversy surrounding major projects such as the Mica towers at Milwaukee and California and the uproar over rental prices in these new rental developments, perhaps developers have opted to refrain from major PR announcements and reveals in the lead up to grand openings.
Rent prices at The Western range from $1,900 to $2,450 for a one-bedroom unit and go up to $3,600 for a fully loaded two-bedroom unit. Utilities are an extra $50 per month for one-bedroom units and $65 per month for two-bedroom apartments.
- The Western [official website]
- New Milwaukee Avenue apartment project will have a rooftop bocce ball court [Curbed Chicago]
- Construction kicks off on new TOD at Milwaukee and Western avenues [Curbed Chicago]