SOUTH LOOP — Developers plan to open a two-building residential complex at 28 E. Jackson Blvd. this summer that will primarily house college students.
Construction is currently underway on Infinite, a set of 16- and 19-story towers connected by bridges with four retail shops and 135 units.
Developer CA Ventures hopes the combination of units ranging from studios to four-bedroom suites that house six roommates will bring students from the South Loop's many universities together.
"The vision that we're having with Infinite is that students in the South Loop have infinite possibilities — they should be able to live with students from all different schools, with all different majors from around the world," said Samantha Le, the building's associate leasing director.
CA Ventures will court students with "all-inclusive pricing," Le said. "It's a one-check solution that includes their cable, their Internet and all of their utilities. ... Students have a million things on their mind, so this way they can concentrate on school."
Amenities will include a fitness center, business center with free printing and a rooftop deck on the shorter tower, Gibbons.
The 19-story building is called "Steger," a nod to the storefront's original occupants, Steger & Sons piano manufacturing company. Designated a city landmark last summer, the original Steger building's facade and lobby will remain untouched.
"We're just rehabbing all of the interiors," Le said. "I think it would be great for a student to say, 'I live in this historical building.'"
CA Ventures has been reaching out to students at DePaul, Roosevelt University, Columbia College Chicago and other South Loop campuses, Le said, but the units will be available to non-students as well.
"Anyone who wants to live in our building is more than welcome," Le said. "I think it's just going to be so popular to students."
Students using financial aid can rent from Infinite with a refund check, Le said. Unit pricing starts in the low $910s for studios.
Construction is set to be finished by mid-July, with move-in dates starting in early August.
The two towers include 10,681 square feet of retail space that will be split among four tenants, Le said. Asado Coffee has already leased one unit, and Le said developers are working with 7-Eleven for a convenience store.
Beyond that, her team is "trying to get a wide variety of retail down there for students."
The plan currently calls for 394 bedrooms in the buildings' 135 units, but with some double-occupancy units, Le said the building aims to house 464 occupants.