Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin reported “. . . this just-opened, 15-story apartment building at 601 West Jackson brings a mostly pleasing jolt of modernity to the West Loop’s cluster of old manufacturing lofts. . . . JeffJack is deliberately two-faced: A handsomely proportioned glass wall lines Jackson, turning the corner before giving way to exposed concrete walls and large windows on Jefferson. . . . In another plus, [the architect] integrated the building’s 3 levels of parking into the design, avoiding the tower stacked atop a parking garage syndrome. . . . (Chicago Tribune, April 14, 2015)
The LEED Gold certified JeffJack Apartments is a 230,000 SF urban infill mixed-use project that has invigorated a once stagnant metropolitan corner. The eco-friendly 190-unit, L-shaped building features apartments that vary in size from studios to two-bedrooms, a 4th floor eco-garden, 15th floor amenities including an indoor pool and sundeck, 3 levels of parking, and, along the street, a hip coffee shop with on-site roaster that the community as a whole enjoys.
The glass wall along Jackson Boulevard is simple and elegant, accentuated by bright green mullions symbolic of the tall prairie grasses that flourished in Illinois 200 years ago. On the Jefferson Street façade, the uniform punched openings and large expanses of glass are reminiscent of the century-old manufacturing buildings that still stand as neighbors. Among JeffJack’s many energy efficient elements are 6-foot-deep south and west facing balconies that double as sunshades and landscaped areas that provide storm water detention.