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A TOUR THROUGH STREETERVILLE’S NEW ‘MOMENT’ HIGH-RISE APARTMENT TOWER

Curbed Chicago by Jay Koziarz

While Streeterville’s low-rise Sienna apartment development is focused on its intimate boutique atmosphere, developer Golub & Company’s neighboring 45-story tower at 545 N. McClurg Court is all about serving a specific lifestyle via its extensive shared amenities. Known simply as Moment, the recently opened skyscraper features 490 rental units and roughly 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor communal space that specifically reflects the project’s ambitious aim of being a “health and wellness-focused” high-rise.

Active residents can exercise in Moment’s roof-top lap pool or large gym with health club-quality locker rooms. A dedicated yoga studio with Fitness on Demand programming and a standalone massage room further echo the building’s mission statement. With a licensed masseuse residing within the building, scheduling a hot stone therapy could not be more convenient or flexible. New residents are even gifted a Moment-branded yoga mat upon a signing a lease.

Other amenities include a media room, pet spa, spacious landscaped sundeck, and an indoor/outdoor hot tub with convertible glass walls. It’s worth noting that while the tower officially welcomed residents earlier this fall, final polishing was ongoing. For example, some of the building’s communal spaces still needed wall art and other decorative items. Meanwhile, the business center was waiting on its computer equipment.

Despite the aforementioned outstanding punch list items, current residents seemed to have no problem taking advantage of Moment’s facilities during our November walk-through. A group of young adults were even preparing an entire turkey in the building’s demonstration kitchen and outdoor grilling area for a “Friendsgiving” celebration.

Offering a variety of studio, convertible, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom floor plans, the building’s 490 apartment units also impress thanks to plank flooring, European-style kitchen cabinetry, pearl quartz counters, and stainless appliances. Benefitting especially from floor-to-ceiling windows and the tower’s angular geometry, nearly every unit in Moment features the type of view typically reserved for corner apartments.

The exterior Solomon Cordwell Buenz design also sets itself apart from its Streeterville neighbors. A refreshing departure from the rectangular aesthetic of the area, the tower embraces asymmetry with its fresh take on protruding bay windows and is clad with deep blueish glass and metal. Moment greets the street with a sleek lobby and motor court, a 5,200-square-foot ground floor retail bay, and a 290-stall parking garage cleverly concealed behind apartment units.

According to Moment’s website, rents start a little below $2,000 for a studio and can easily exceed $8,000 for a larger three-bedroom unit on a high floor. While the idea of a wellness-focused building may not top every renter’s list of priorities, Moment is nonetheless well-designed and provides everything a resident could need to live a healthy life all under one roof.

Link: http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/12/12/13921008/chicago-architecture-streeterville-moment-apartment-tower-tour