111 W. Wacker Dr.

CHICAGO—The downtown’s transformation into a residential neighborhood took another big step this week when tenants began moving into OneEleven, Related Midwest’s newest downtown rental tower at 111 W. Wacker Dr. The company also just opened a new on-site leasing center complete with six model residences to give other prospective tenants a clearer picture of life inside the 60-story building.

“It is always a proud moment when we unveil a new building, but this is especially true with OneEleven,” says Curt Bailey, president of Related. “We introduced Chicago to the rental lifestyle Related is known for last year with the opening of 500 Lake Shore Drive, and now we’re bringing that same residential experience to a beautiful, unique location on Chicago’s riverfront.”

The building features 504 apartments, and since April, Related has already leased more than 30% of the residences. “The response has already been tremendous, and now that prospective renters can see our vision on-site,” adds Bailey.

Related Midwest partnered with New York-based Handel Architects to design OneEleven. Related also called upon Chicago- and New York-based interior designer Kara Mann for the building’s lobby and select amenity spaces.

“I took my lead from the building’s location and architecture, and my approach to the interiors at OneEleven was sophistication with a dose of urban edge,” says Mann. “It was important to create common spaces that felt like home – but a home that is cool and fun and where everyone wants to hang out. We layered materials such as concrete, bronze, mahogany and mohair to evoke a timeless, rich sophistication, and also used graphic wall coverings, edgy art and communal seating for that push of urban extreme.”

The six models showcase the studio, convertible, and one- and two-bedroom floor plans available in the building, as well as the finishes included in each apartment. The company has also just completed and opened Club OneEleven on the building’s 28th and 29th floors. The 30,000-square-foot club has indoor and outdoor amenity space, including lounge areas with city and river views, billiards and screening rooms, and a fitness center overlooking the river.

“The Loop is one of the fastest-growing downtown districts in the country, and for good reason,” adds Bailey. “With an influx of new jobs bringing more people to the area and the ability to walk to work as well as nearby cultural attractions like the Theater District, award-winning restaurants, the Chicago Riverwalk, and even Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, you can’t beat the energy and activity of this area.”