Skybridge Lofts

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737 Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL

Skybridge Lofts
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Skybridge Lofts Exterior
Building Information
Developer Moran & Weiner
Architect Perkins+Will
Management Company Koenig & Strey
Number of Units 266
Number of Floors 39
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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737 Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD 710
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Intricate Design of Skybridge Lofts


Designed by Ralph Johnson of Perkins+Will Architects, Skybridge Lofts came to be the first of his designs in the for-sale segment of the residential market. Skybridge Lofts is a uniquely designed high-rise residential tower of 266 units and 39 floors. This tower is one of the tallest buildings in its region. Due to its unique structure, height, and design, Skybridge Lofts won the 2003 bronze Emporis Skyscraper Award.

By selecting Skybridge for an honor award in the distinguished building category, a strong statement was made toward the developers of Chicago. Skybridge Lofts set the bar for high-quality design in the residential segment.

Because of its unique design, each floor in the building has a total of 8 corner exposures. SkyBridge was intentionally positioned on the most eastern side of its site to ensure permanent and unbroken views of Chicago’s skyline.

Aside from its 35 levels of residential units, Skybridge also offers four levels of retail space at its base, which fit in well with its Greektown neighborhood, and house a Dominick's Market and parking garage.

Located in the sought-after neighborhood of West Loop, residents can enjoy nearby amenities in the former manufacturing corridor turned artsy neighborhood. The West Loop is situated just west of downtown Chicago, and is bounded by Grand Avenue, the Chicago River, the Eisenhower Expressway, and Ashland Avenue.[1]


Location

West Loop offers a trendy area of Chicago with many restaurants, night clubs, art galleries, and retail. Harpo Studios, owned by billionaire and celebrity talk-show host, Oprah Winfrey, is also found in West Loop, along with the production site of her television show.

Located on the corner of Washington Blvd and Halsted Street east of the canal and the Kennedy Expressway, Skybridge Lofts are within walking distance to many restaurants, banks, public transportation, Skinner Park and Mary Bartelme Park.

Many converted warehouses exits in the area and serve as residential or mixed-use lofts. Fine dining and amazing nightlife is offered in West Loop, along with luxury shopping. Culinary delights of nearby Greektown are a common tourist attraction and local luxury.

Located in the retail base of the building itself is a Dominick's grocery store, Starbucks, and Chase Bank.[2]


Construction

Built on a site of 1.85 acres in size, the general contractor in charge of the construction of the Skybridge Lofts was Keith Kovach of Walsh Construction Group. With a construction cost of $125 per square foot, Skybridge Lofts was built with concrete. A wider base protrudes off the back of the building, allowing for parking space, and plenty of windows and balconies can be seen on the exterior.

Skybridge's defining characteristic, and also what gave it its name, is a 30 foot wide vertical slot in the design of the building that is connected by a glass bridge. In addition to the glass-bridged, vertical cutout, Skybridge Lofts also employ different colors of grey in their design that assist in visually segmenting the 425 foot tall high-rise. A slim roof canopy distinguishes Skybridge Lofts against Chicago's busy skyline.

The west side windows of the garage resemble futuristic architecture, while giant steel trellises with concrete spines hang over the building's sundeck. The main entrance is behind enormous columns that support the north side of the building.[3]

Layout and Features

With one to four bedroom units ranging in size from 939 to 4,200 square feet, each residence in the building is spacious in its own right. Floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of outdoor private balconies and terraces can be found in the building, along with the common rooftop sundeck. Each unit has at least one balcony and in-unit laundry.

Kitchens are stacked with GE appliances, maple or oak cabinetry, and double-bowl sinks. Each unit has full-sized washers and dryers, Grohe faucets, guest bath tubs, master whirlpool tubs, and solid-core doors. Gas fireplaces are found in those units that opted for the upgrade.

Skybridge residences also feature 9 foot ceilings, marble flooring, granite counter tops, and recessed lighting.[4]

Floor Plans

There are few floor plans available for Skybridge Lofts. Here is a brief selection.


Amenities

Amenities included at the Skybridge Lofts are:

  • Dog Run
  • Rooftop Deck
  • Fitness Center
  • Door Staff
  • Bike Room
  • Garage Parking

Bylaws

Skybridge Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



Rentals are allowed.

Dogs and cats are allowed.

There are no age restrictions on ownership.

Sustainability

Skybridge Lofts offer sustainable living based on their location, being nearby public transportation, bike and car sharing programs, as well as amenities like shopping, groceries, and restaurants.

Located inside the building is a grocery store, Starbucks, and Chase Bank. Residents can enjoy commute-free living.

Each unit has individually controlled central heating and cooling systems, as well as double-paned windows.

Trivia

Harpo Studios
  • Just a quick seven minute walk six blocks east of Skybridge Lofts will bring you to one of the largest tourist attractions of the area and home to the famous production company: Harpo Studios.
  • Harpo Productions, which was founded by Oprah Winfrey, takes residence in West Loop. The name 'Harpo' is 'Oprah' spelled backwards, and was the name of Oprah's on-screen husband in The Color Purple. Harpo Studios is also the base of Harpo Films - Oprah's own film production company - and Harpo Radio.
  • Also home to this site is OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, which was launched on January 1, 2011. This network of Oprah's replaced the Discovery Health Channel, and boasts a variety of new shows like The Gayle King Show and Our America with Lisa Ling.[5]


References

  1. Skybridge Chicago
  2. Walk Score
  3. Residential Architecht
  4. Condo Domain
  5. Wikipedia


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