Upshore Chapter

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A transit-oriented, mixed-income residential development just steps from the refurbished Wilson Street L station on the northside of Chicago.

Once home to luxury apartment towers and art deco theaters, the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago has gone through many economic and demographic changes over the past century. Although it is one of the densest and most ethnically diverse areas in Chicago, it was underdeveloped for many years.

Seeing opportunity in the proximity to the lakefront and the easy access to transit, CRG engaged Lamar Johnson Collaborative to transform the site of a long-abandoned fast food restaurant into a new multi-family apartment building. The project, containing 149 apartments within 12 floors, includes double the required number of affordable units on-site, along with a mix of shared amenity spaces and ground-floor retail.

Amenities include a business center and coffee bar on the ground floor, a fitness center on the second floor and a party room and expansive roof deck on level 12.

During the design and construction process, the design and development team engaged the community, partnering with the local alderman and chamber of commerce to help benefit the growth of the Uptown neighborhood. This level of investment in the community, along with the contemporary design, helps make Upshore Chapter a good neighbor.

Upshore Chapter Art Installation

The piece includes three separate frames with multiple panels to offer a touch of dimension for viewers as they follow the story of the “swan maiden,” a mythos pulled from various cultures to influence Hurley’s final series.

Upshore Chapter Art Installation

This triptych, created by local artist Brandin Hurley, was created to inspire peace and tranquility for residents.

Upshore Chapter Art Installation

Brandin Hurley a Chicago based installation artist with a background in Scenic Design, who has been practicing her art since receiving an MFA from Northern Illinois University in 2013. Although her mediums varies, her favorite element is light. She enjoys experimenting with light’s flexibility and ethereal effects.




Chicago, IL


125,000 SF
149 Units


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Technical Assurance Group