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Sterling Bay plans to build Chicago's tallest mass timber building since before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Sterling Bay Plans to Reintroduce Large-Scale Timber Construction to Chicago 

Sterling Bay said Thursday it plans to build a nine-story mass timber multifamily development at 2100 N Southport Ave. near its Lincoln Yards mega-project, representing the tallest timber-made building to be constructed in Chicago since before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. 

The structure, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, will feature 130 residential units with private access to onsite luxury amenities, as well as exposed mass timber details throughout and ground-floor retail. Construction is expected to begin in early 2023. 

“Over 150 years after the Great Chicago Fire, and with the help of incredible technologies, Sterling Bay is reintroducing Chicago to large-scale timber construction, setting a new standard for future-forward development in our city,” said Andy Gloor, CEO of Sterling Bay. “Mass timber buildings are safe, sustainable, and beautiful, and we are excited to lead Chicago’s real estate community in working with this innovative building material at 2100 N Southport.”  

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