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Inside Milwaukee Avenue’s ‘Avenir’ apartments, opening early 2020

A room with a glass wall overlooking the Chicago skyline. Inside there is a long, curving wood table with brown stools as well as round tables surrounded by circular chairs.

A view from the Avenir’s coworking lounge, located atop the 23-story tower. | Images courtesy Tandem Partners

The upcoming River West project has amenities galore

After topping-off in March to take the title of River West’s tallest building, the 23-story apartment tower under construction at 730 W. Milwaukee Avenue has new interior renderings and a fresh name. Although earlier conceptual images showed placeholder signage with the name The Mill, the development will be officially called Avenir—the French word for “future.”

Developed by Tandem Partners and designed by Chicago architecture firm Antunovich Associates, Avenir sports a brick base topped by a glassy tower above. The design features a fifth-floor amenity level with an outdoor pool deck as well as a gym, fitness studio, and demonstration kitchen.

A black desk with a stone base reads “Avenir.” Beyond there are chairs and tables and decorative lamps hanging from the ceiling.
A rectangular pool surrounded by lounge chairs and tables and a leafy tree. The Chicago skyline can be seen in the distance. The attached brick tower climbs to the left.
A room with wood slats on the wall and ceiling opens to the outside with two large garage doors. The room has high-backed lounge chairs and a large kitchen island with a sink, stovetop, and dishwasher.
A rendering of an apartment unit with a glass wall overlooking the city. There’s a white and wood kitchen and a sitting area with a gray sofa, chair, and coffee table.

A residential unit has an open floorplan and private balcony.

An 11th-floor setback provides room for an additional outdoor terrace and game room, while the top-floor coworking lounge offers sweeping skyline views. At ground level, there’s a bicycle room with easy access to the well-traveled protected bike lanes of Milwaukee Avenue—AKA the “hipster highway.”

According to the development team, pre-leasing for Avenir’s 196 rental units will begin this fall with the move-ins expected to take place at the beginning of 2020. Monthly rents start at $1,445 for a studio, $2,195 for a one-bedroom, and $2,995 for a two-bedroom unit. Prices for three-bedroom units have yet to be announced.

With developments like Avenir, the massive River District megaproject, the potential redevelopment of the Salvation Army campus, and perhaps even a casino on the way, River West is proving itself to be among Chicago’s fastest changing ‘hoods.

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