Sketch rendering of 1623-31 N Halsted, facing south towards North Avenue.

February 2020: Community Meeting Update

The community meeting, held at the Merle Reskin Rehearsal Studio on February 18, did not garner any opposition to the proposal. There is a need to address curb lane design, to ensure that there is minimal impact on the flow of traffic and the bike lane. The development team is proceeding forward with a project intake meeting with the Department of Planning and Development for further review.

The Proposal

The developers, JDL & Logan Ventures, are seeking a zoning change from the existing B3-2 to a B3-5 with a planned unit development, in order to construct a seven-story, 87 foot, 63-unit boutique extended-stay hotel concept, with 25 underground residential parking spaces and a bike storage room. The developer will utilize the Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance to reduce the number of required residential parking spaces for the property.

The seven-story proposed development will feature 4,850 square feet of ground-level retail, envisioned as an upscale restaurant space, and a bike room. The 87-foot height is similar to Yondorf Hall to the south, and will feature a mixture of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. Each unit will be fully-furnished with full-sized kitchens and bathrooms and will feature in-unit laundry. The seventh floor will be setback from the facade on the south and west sides of the building.


First proposed as a 12-story rental building, this proposal reflects months of review and revisions at the direction of Lincoln Central Association leadership, the Department of Planning & Development, and my office.


April 2019:

First proposal presented to the Lincoln Central Association Planning Committee, and was not approved.

Summer 2019:

Meeting between development team and LCA leadership to refine proposal to better fit in with the community and the street.

February 2020:

Community meeting to occur February 18, at Steppenwolf Theater.

March 2020:

Proposal to be reviewed by Chicago  Department of Planning and Development.