LOCATION : Chicago
MARKET : Residential
AREA : University Village / Little Italy

Located directly west of the Dan Ryan Expressway at 710 West 14th Street a new 99-unit seven story luxury apartment building branded simply as "X", is designed for young professionals and grad students in Chicago's University Village neighborhood. Its architectural design, headed by Cordogan Clark & Associates and the X Company, focuses on high-end amenities and creating a sense of community.

"X" includes such amenities as co-working space, modern fitness center, yoga room, communal kitchen, and expansive roof deck with grills and social spaces, dog run, and fire pit. The 79-foot-tall project also features rooftop photovoltaic panels and garage parking for 99 vehicles and 125 bicycles. Apartments feature 10-foot ceilings and generous natural light. There is an open two-level communal hub for relaxing, socializing, and studying. There are also adjacent private rooms and kitchen facilities.

In addition to targeting young professionals, "X" is aimed at graduate students who want to live near campus. While creating a community is paramount, there's also a renewed focus on wellbeing with indoor fitness centers and open, airy spaces such as outdoor decks.

Student housing sees 'historic' changes: community-focused amenities offer luxury living

Student Residences on and near campuses are becoming increasingly modern and now focus on providing inviting, communal spaces. As Sara Freund wrote recently in RE Journal, "The days where university students live in glorified shoe boxes are gone. Today they can choose from student housing that boasts amenities usually associated with high-end luxury apartments." Luxury, lifestyle-oriented residences can be the tipping point for incoming and transfer students when deciding on a college or university.

"X" is among the latest projects in Chicago's proximal University Village and Medical District neighborhoods to be built. It will be joined by the $109 million Cook County Central Campus Health Center.

The developer of "X", The X Company is a disruptive consumer lifestyle brand with mixed-use residential assets across the country. It creates buildings that live at the intersection of hospitality, technology and culture. The X high-end student-oriented project in Chicago joins a surge of similar projects near colleges and universities across the country, as demand for innovative student housing gathers strength.