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Megadevelopment Would Bring 2,600 Apartments To Moody Bible Institute Campus

The Near North Side planned development near Walter Payton College Prep would include towers topping out at 55 stories.

A rendering shows where JDL Development plans to build its new mixed-use development (in purple) near the Moody Bible Institute (in yellow).
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NEAR NORTH SIDE — Developers have unveiled plans for an 8.1-acre mega-development that would bring more than 2,600 apartments to Moody Bible Institute’s Near North Side campus.

Called North Union, the development would cover half of Moody’s current campus. JDP Development plans to buy land from the Christian college to build a mix of low-, mid- and high-rise buildings with 2,680 apartments and 30,000 square feet of commercial space, according to an update on the project shared on the city’s website.

The sprawling development would be bounded by Wells Street and the CTA Brown Line tracks to the east and west, and roughly Chestnut and Hill streets to the north and south.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the development’s tallest towers would be on the northwest end of the site along Oak Street. There developers plan a 55-story building at 300 W. Oak St., a 47-story tower at 310 W. Oak and a 44-story building at 205 W. Oak.

The North Union development will also include 1.3 acres of public, open space, according to the plan.

The Moody Bible Institute, located at 820 N. LaSalle Drive, will continue to own and operate on its remaining 9.4 acres of campus.

Representatives from JDL Development did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

More details on the proposal will be unveiled during a virtual community meeting Nov. 12 with JDL developers, Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd), Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) and representatives from the city’s Department of Planning and Development.

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A rendering shows where JDL Development plans to build its new mixed-use development (in purple) near the Moody Bible Institute (in yellow).

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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