CHICAGO—The downtown's transformation into a residentialneighborhood took another big step this week when tenants beganmoving into OneEleven, Related Midwest's newestdowntown rental tower at 111 W. Wacker Dr. The company also justopened a new on-site leasing center complete with six modelresidences to give other prospective tenants a clearer picture oflife inside the 60-story building.

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“It is always a proud moment when we unveil a new building, butthis is especially true with OneEleven,” says CurtBailey, president of Related. “We introduced Chicago tothe rental lifestyle Related is known for last year with theopening of 500 Lake Shore Drive, and now we're bringing that sameresidential experience to a beautiful, unique location on Chicago'sriverfront.”

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The building features 504 apartments, and since April, Relatedhas already leased more than 30% of the residences. “The responsehas already been tremendous, and now that prospective renters cansee our vision on-site," adds Bailey.

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Related Midwest partnered with New York-based HandelArchitects to design OneEleven. Related also called uponChicago- and New York-based interior designer KaraMann for the building's lobby and select amenityspaces.

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“I took my lead from the building's location and architecture,and my approach to the interiors at OneEleven was sophisticationwith a dose of urban edge,” says Mann. “It was important to createcommon spaces that felt like home – but a home that is cool and funand where everyone wants to hang out. We layered materials such asconcrete, bronze, mahogany and mohair to evoke a timeless, richsophistication, and also used graphic wall coverings, edgy art andcommunal seating for that push of urban extreme.”

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The six models showcase the studio, convertible, and one- andtwo-bedroom floor plans available in the building, as well as thefinishes included in each apartment. The company has also justcompleted and opened Club OneEleven on the building's 28th and 29thfloors. The 30,000-square-foot club has indoor and outdoor amenityspace, including lounge areas with city and river views, billiardsand screening rooms, and a fitness center overlooking theriver.

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“The Loop is one of the fastest-growing downtown districts inthe country, and for good reason,” adds Bailey. “With an influx ofnew jobs bringing more people to the area and the ability to walkto work as well as nearby cultural attractions like the TheaterDistrict, award-winning restaurants, the Chicago Riverwalk, andeven Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, you can't beat the energyand activity of this area.”

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.