The Mission

Create a new student-oriented housing community located in Chicago’s South Loop – a superb location among eight colleges/universities with more than 40,000 students.

The Solution

Gilbane Development Company has developed “30 East,” a brand new student-oriented housing development located at 30 East Balbo Avenue in Chicago’s South Loop. The property is a high rise configuration of 15 levels of apartments and amenities above ground-floor retail space and a residential lobby in a superb location among eight colleges/universities with more than 40,000 students. The unit mix consists of 134 units and 254 beds including studios, convertibles, two-bedroom units, three-bedroom units, and four-bedroom units. Residents enjoy modern amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center, a sky lounge and sky deck on the 17th floor with magnificent city views, multiple study rooms, a tech bar with computers and free printing, a café with self-serve coffee bar, outdoor terraces with gas grills and fire pits, and a club room with HDTV and game tables. The property also provides free Wi-Fi Internet and bike storage.

The Details

Each residential unit is apartment-styled, fully furnished with private bathrooms and bedrooms, and features an in-unit washer/dryer, a kitchen with quartz counters and full appliances, large walk-in closets, high speed Internet, cable, and a flat-screen TV. Other perks of the property include individual, by-the-bed leases, a Community Life Program, and optional roommate matching.

The project earned an award for the Multifamily, Student Housing category in the 2017 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

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