Several Hyde Park developments in full bloom

Rendering of Solstice on the Park, 5540 S. Cornell Ave. - Herald archive photo
Rendering of Solstice on the Park, 5540 S. Cornell Ave. – Herald archive photo

Staff Writer

New developments around Hyde Park are either nearing completion or just beginning to break ground.

Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St.
After initially being proposed in 2013 and an unsuccessful lawsuit that followed that same year, the 13-story building is finally nearing completion. Vue53 is expected to be finished by mid-September.

Vue53 has 267 total units, including 40 that are affordable housing. A parking garage and retail space will also be a part of the development. In March, Target announced that it will have a 28,000 square foot space as the anchor retailer of the development.

Jackie Pingel, the property manager at Vue53, said the leasing for retail space is in full swing and information will be released when ready.

Solstice on the Park, 5540 S. Cornell Ave.
The development plans for the 26-story Jeanne Gang designed building were approved at a February meeting of the City of Chicago Planning Commission. Instead of the original plan for 153 large condominium units, the new plan is set for 250 smaller apartment units.

According to Peter Cassel, the director of community development for MAC properties, the developer for the project, a foundation permit was submitted during this summer and construction for Solstice will begin this fall.

Campus North Residential Commons, 5500 S. University Ave.
Another Jeanne Gang designed building, the Campus North Residential Commons, will be completed in September for University of Chicago (U. of C.) undergraduate students to move in.

According to Calmetta Coleman, the director of communications for Civic Engagement at the U. of C., there are currently three retailers slated to open stores within the development.

Timbuk2, a company that sells customizable bags for daily use and travel, Insomnia Cookies, a late night cookie shop that delivers fresh milk and cookies to your door, and Dollop Coffee Shop will all open up shop within Campus North Residential Commons.

Boutique Hotel, 1401 E. 53rd St.
After being approved by the City of Chicago Planning Commission in May, the next step for the boutique hotel, located on the southeast corner of Dorchester Avenue and 53rd Street, is to begin construction.

Ed Small, the president of Smart Hotels in charge of the project, said that they are targeting to begin construction this fall. He said they anticipate the entire construction process to take 15 months.

Many community meetings have been had in regards to the hotel, and Small said they plan to hold more when there are updates to report to the neighborhood. He said they will be checking in with surrounding neighbors of the hotel to make the construction process a “seamless and favorable experience for everyone.”