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River North’s landmarked Bush Temple preps for glassy 16-story addition

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The historic French Chateau-esque building is getting a taller, more contemporary neighbor

A rendering of the 810 N. Clark Street.
Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

After wrapping up its years long conversion of River North’s historic 1901 Bush Temple of Music into 101 studio and one-bedroom apartments, Chicago developer Cedar Street Cos. is preparing for the next phase of the project: a glassy residential tower right next door.

The tower squeezes between historic Bush Temple [left] and the new Lakeshore LDS Meetinghouse [right].
Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

Although the 16-story project has yet to score an official building permit, crews are already erecting barriers to form a protected pathway next to the site. The CDOT-approved plan will also reduce southbound traffic on Clark down to a single lane, according to an email notice sent Thursday from the office of 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins.

Designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, the 129-unit Bush Temple addition would rise just south of the recently completed six-story Lakeshore LDS Meetinghouse. The slender transit-oriented building will also include ground floor retail and just 13 parking spaces. It replaces a pair of older three-story brick buildings that were demolished in 2016.

Construction on the tower is expected to take roughly 15 months, per Hopkins’ email. Nearby, work continues on an eight-unit townhouse project developed by Col. Jennifer Pritzker’s Tawani Enterprises.