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McDonald’s ‘vendor village’ ready to break ground in Chicago’s West Loop

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The 12-story boutique office development at 210 N. Carpenter has received its first building permit

Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Chicago’s rapidly-changing Fulton Market is ready to welcome another new development designed to compliment McDonald’s corporate relocation to the West Loop. Slated for a vacant lot at the northwest corner of Lake and Carpenter, the so-called ‘vendor village’ landed its first building permit yesterday. When completed next year, the 200,000-square-foot structure will accommodate roughly 1,000 employees from a number of secondary companies expected to follow the fast food giant downtown in 2018.

The 12-story building penned by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) will contain 23,000-square-foot floor plates for office tenants and over 12,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. According to its website, 210 N. Carpenter will also feature a “comprehensive” amenities package including a lounge, gaming area, rooftop pool, conference facility, and fitness center with yoga studio. The transit-oriented project will provide on-site parking for 41 cars and 80 bikes.

Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Originally proposed to rise 13 stories, the transit-oriented office development was shortened by a single floor prior to being approved by the Chicago Plan Commission in January. Though a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the offices at 210 N. Carpenter took place in March, yesterday’s foundation permit signals that construction is ready to begin in earnest.

The vendor village isn’t the only West Loop development from Sterling Bay closely tied to McDonald’s new HQ at 110 N. Carpenter. The group is also planning a 19-story Hyatt hotel at 113 N. May to serve as extended-stay corporate housing for attendees of the Micky D’s “Hamburger University” training program.