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West Loop boom grows with new apartments at Adams and Laflin

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The area’s development frenzy is pushing further west

Axios Architects and Consultants

A new 52-unit apartment building is ready to rise at the northwest corner of Adams and Laflin streets in Chicago’s West Loop. Situated across from Skinner Park, it replaces a single-story masonry industrial building that once housed the Tramco Pump Company.

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The upcoming four-story masonry structure comes from developer Michigan Avenue Real Estate and the designers at Axios Architects. According to a freshly issued $10 million construction permit, it will feature 52 indoor parking spaces, a rooftop deck, and no commercial component.

While the project at 128 S. Laflin may not win any awards for earth-shattering architecture, it is significant for its somewhat pioneering location.

With the bulk of the West Loop’s building boom focused further north and east in the Fulton Market District, this project is one of only a handful of developments starting to push westward towards the United Center and, perhaps eventually, East Garfield Park.