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New Wicker Park apartment tower among projects approved by Plan Commission

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Other approved developments include a Fulton Market office tower and two transit-oriented rental projects

Wallin/Gomez Architects

A 16-story apartment tower proposed for Wicker Park earned the approval of the Chicago Plan Commission at the group’s March meeting.

Slated for 1628 W. Division Street, the high-rise hopes to squeeze into a somewhat unusual off-street site between the neighborhood’s historic bank-turned-CVS and the similarly-sized apartment tower of the under-construction Wicker Park Connection development.

A street level rendering of 1628 W. Division from Ashland and Milwaukee.
Wallin/Gomez Architects

The 121-unit rental building comes from RDM Development, which owns also the adjacent CVS building and a neighboring 33-unit condo development known as Vision. Designed by Wallin/Gomez Architects, the tower sports a pair of rooftop decks and an outdoor pool.

Following the vote of confidence from Plan Commission, the project still needs to go before the Zoning Board and full City Council for final approval.

Other projects approved at Thursday’s meeting include a 21-story Fulton Market office building (deferred from last month’s agenda), a shopping center in North Mayfair, two transit-oriented apartment developments in Old Town and the West Loop, and an adaptive reuse project to turn Chicago’s landmarked Church of the Epiphany into an event space.

The group also listened to a courtesy presentation from the University of Chicago regarding its planned 1,300-bed student dormitory complex. A rundown of the approved developments was tweeted out by the city’s Department of Planning and Development: