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Co-living heads to Pilsen: Shared apartments ready to rise at 15th and Loomis

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The project with features 59 four-bedroom units with shared communal spaces

A rendering of the project headed to 1407 W. 15th Street.
Image courtesy of Built Form LLC

The increasingly popular trend of co-living—where individuals can rent single bedrooms with shared kitchens and other amenities—is headed to the northern edge of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood in the form of a new four-story development.

Slated to rise at the southwest corner of Loomis and 15th Street, across from Addams Park and close to University Village, the millennial-focused “Common Addams” project from co-developers City Pads and Common was a awarded its first construction permit earlier this month.

The building will comprise 59 four-bedroom apartments plus roughly 10,000 square feet of amenity space including a roof deck and on-site parking for 59 vehicles. The exterior will use a brick, loft-style facade that references neighboring structures, says designer Arden D. Freeman of Chicago-based architecture firm Built Form.

Rents at the Common Addams are expected to start at $975 per month and include utilities, unit furnishings, and a weekly cleaning of common spaces, according to a release from the project’s developers.

Image courtesy of Built Form LLC

City Pads’s initial foray into the Pilsen neighborhood made headlines for the wrong reasons last year after the developer purchased the former Casa Aztlán community center at 1831 S. Racine Avenue and erased its exterior mural depicting Mexican-American cultural heros with a coat of gray paint. Facing pressure from the community, the New York-based developer eventually brought back the original artist to restore the lost neighborhood icon.

More recently, City Pads announced a 32-unit co-living development at the corner of California Avenue and Division Street in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. That plan ultimately fell through, according to an August report from Block Club Chicago. The developer also broke ground on a 105-unit transit-oriented apartment project at 6149 N. Broadway in Edgewater earlier this fall.