Gilbane Development Company begins development on “30 East” apartments in heart of Chicago’s South Loop

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“30 East”, located at the corner of E. Balbo and S. Wabash Avenues, will offer students and millennials brand-new, fully furnished apartments and modern amenities.

Rendering of 30 East Balbo south façade courtesy of Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)

“30 East offers an exceptional living experience for students and millennials seeking an active urban lifestyle in Chicago's South Loop”, noted Robert V. Gilbane, Chairman and CEO of Gilbane Development Company.

Development is getting underway at “30 East”, a brand new, modern apartment community designed for students and millennials in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. Located at the corner of East Balbo and South Wabash Avenues, the site is just one block west of Grant Park and among seven colleges and universities comprising more than 26,000 students.

The new, 16-story, 150,000 SF building, designed by Chicago-based architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz, will feature 255 beds within 134 apartment units. It will be completed for August 2017 occupancy.

Residents will enjoy modern building amenities including a club room, café, tech hub, fitness center, lounge areas, gaming areas, study rooms, and indoor bicycle storage. Outdoor terraces will feature gas grills, fire pit, large screen outdoor TV, indoor/outdoor fireplace, and several seating areas for relaxation/interaction. High speed internet and Wi-Fi will be available throughout the building. Additionally, 8,000 SF of retail space will be located on the ground floor at the corner of E. Balbo and S. Wabash Avenues.

Apartments will be fully-furnished with private bedrooms/ bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, in unit washer/dryer, walk-in closets, fully equipped kitchen, and a flat screen TV. Floor plans include studio, convertible, two-, three-, and four-bedroom units.

30 East will be professionally managed and will include a robust community life program, roommate matching services, and individual, by-the-bed leases.

“30 East offers an exceptional living experience for students and millennials”, noted Robert V. Gilbane, Chairman and CEO of Gilbane Development Company. “We have tailored our amenities and floor plans to the needs of today’s student/millennial renter; and our site’s proximity to the South Loop’s multiple colleges and universities, convenient access to the area’s major transportation links, and a wealth of nearby cultural and retail destinations make 30 East an ideal community for those seeking an active urban lifestyle.”

To join our VIP interest list for apartments, please email For retail leasing information, contact Jennifer Cote, Portfolio Manager with Gilbane Development Company, at 401-456-5961 or jcote(at)gilbaneco(dot)com

About Gilbane Development Company
Founded in 1970, Gilbane Development is the project development, financing, and ownership arm of Gilbane, Inc. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-run company, Gilbane has more than 50 offices worldwide. Gilbane Development provides a full slate of real estate development and project management services. Completed projects incorporate every aspect of real estate including: student housing, multifamily, residential communities, mixed-used developments, garage/parking areas, corporate headquarters, healthcare facilities, operational | data | distribution centers, R&D | manufacturing facilities, and many types of facilities delivered through public-private partnerships. Gilbane will manage the development of 30 East from its downtown Chicago office located at 225 West Wacker Drive. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-GILBANE.


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