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15-Story Apartment Tower, Wicker Park’s 2nd Tallest, Welcomes First Wave Of Tenants

Next door to a new Target store and around the corner from the Division Blue Line "L", rents start at $1,650 for a studio.

The first wave of renters moved into the Wicker Connection II tower this week. [Provided]

WICKER PARK —  The first wave of renters who’ll be living in a 15-story tower next door to the neighborhood’s first small-format Target moved into their apartments this week.

Located at 1640 W. Division St., the 146-unit tower — named Wicker Park Connection II — is over 30 percent pre-leased, according to Chicago-based Hubbard Street Group and co-developer Centrum Realty and Development.

Luxury Living Chicago Realty is serving as the marketing and leasing brokerage for the new apartments, which are part of a bigger residential development dubbed the “Wicker Park Connection,” which includes a 60-unit building at 1660 N. Division named Wicker Park Connection I that was introduced in 2014 and opened in 2016.  

“At Wicker Park Connection, we’ve built a community that meets the demand for new-construction luxury apartments in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, offering a residential experience with downtown-inspired amenities,” John McLinden, managing partner at Hubbard Street Group, said in a statement.

The newly opened tower, the neighborhood’s second tallest, is across from an 11-story building at 1611 W. Division St.  and within sight of the area’s tallest building, the 28-story Noble Square Co-Op.

The construction of the tower, which includes 50 parking spots, kicked off last May and was estimated to cost $32.5 million, according to city building permits.

“Wicker Park Connection is designed as an extension and reflection of the neighborhood, delivering retail to a prominent corner, creating local jobs and literally connecting neighbors with the addition of a public plaza,” McLinden said.

A landscaped walkway between the two apartment buildings, creating a pedestrian link between Milwaukee Avenue and Division Street, will be called The Connection and it’s expected to open later this month — featuring outdoor seating, public art and water jets.

McLinden said the plaza eventually will include a pedestrian pathway to Milwaukee Avenue, which will open at the same time as a forthcoming 55-unit townhouse and condominium development that will include 12 townhomes and 43 condos.

Located one block west of the Division Blue Line station, Wicker Park Connection II offers a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 463 to 1,245 square feet, with rents starting at $1,650. 

Rendering of a 1-bedroom apartment in the Wicker Park Connection II tower. [Provided] 
Rendering of “The Connection,” a public plaza offering green space and respite between Division Street and Milwaukee Avenue. [Provided] 

Shared amenities at Wicker Park Connection II include a rooftop pool deck, a fire pit and grilling stations. Indoors, residents have access to a fitness center, co-working stations, party room and more amenities.

A 1-bedroom apartment in the Wicker Park Connection II. [Provided]