1203 North California

1203 NORTH CALIFORNIA

CLIENT
Hispanic Housing Development Corp.

LOCATION
Chicago, Illinois

STATISTICS
64 Dwelling Units
7 Stories
19 Parking Spaces
3,133 Retail/Office SF
86,494 GSF

STATUS
Under Development

A 9-story residential building is under development at the vacant corner lot on California Ave & Division St in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The site marks the transition point between a park, residential district, and a vibrant commercial corridor known as Paseo Boricua. The building optimizes the characteristics of a corner site, ideally suited to encourage a pedestrian-oriented lifestyle, by providing street-level retail and improvements to the sidewalk to accommodate outdoor markets and cafe uses to engage with the passersby. The development will complete the street wall formed along each street and serve to link traffic from the park to the commercial district.


Division St. is an active commercial corridor and is fronted with a facade of traditional masonry materials. The building's design takes its cues from neighboring precedents and is organized around a traditional base, middle, and top format that resonates with the vintage character and scale of the street. The facade incorporates masonry trim and face brick materials at the ground level and a vertical glazed shaft that bookends the commercial paseo's western terminus.


The development will include ground-level commercial and management spaces, a 19 car indoor garage, a 2nd-floor open terrace, and 64 affordable apartments to be marketed to existing Humboldt Park area families and residents.

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