Sage West Loop – In Downtown Chicago, IL. a Beautiful Mixed-Use High-Rise Revitalizes the Blighted Site of a Former Auto Repair Shop


October 13, 2023

In Downtown Chicago, IL. a Beautiful Mixed-Use High-Rise Revitalizes the Blighted Site of a Former Auto Repair Shop

Downtown Chicago, Illinois is celebrating the first move-ins to Sage West Loop, a mixed-use 18-story high-rise that has revitalized the blighted site of the former an auto repair repair shop that which closed in 2018.


The tower was designed by KTGY, a national architecture, branding, interiors, and planning firm specializing in residential, retail, hospitality, and mixed-use developments. They have a studio in Chicago.

I applaud projects like this that replace a blighted location with a beautiful housing development. As a Community Development Consultant who specializes in Community Partnership and a Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, which is in the same West Loop community, I sincerely hope the residents in the area had input in the development of this project and supported its outcome,” said Yolanda Bouchee in an email to REVITALIZATION Editor Storm Cunningham.

Located in Chicago’s vibrant West Loop neighborhood, Sage West Loop was designed in collaboration with developer Tandem Partners.

The design synthesizes contemporary design aesthetics with traditional Chicago architectural planning, creating a revitalizing addition to the surrounding neighborhood.

The site became vacant five years ago, and used to be home to an auto shop called Guy & Sons Auto Rebuilders.

Director of Development for Tandem, Dimitri Nassis, said “Working with KTGY on the design of the building was a true pleasure. They did a thoughtful job balancing aesthetics, feasibility, and budget. The results speak for themselves. A number of architects and real estate developers have shared that the design is timeless and the building will be relevant for many years to come.

The 196-unit luxury apartment community marketing material “invites residents to enjoy the pinnacle of urban living, through a collection of thoughtfully crafted unit layouts and popular amenities including co-working spaces with private rooms, fitness center, game room, and beautifully landscaped outdoor sky terrace with grilling stations and firepits.”



In a deliberate effort to enhance residents’ lifestyle experience and introduce a captivating visual dimension, expansive balconies have
been incorporated to provide an enhanced indoor/outdoor living experience.

The exterior building skin showcases floor-to-ceiling windows accented with prefinished architectural metal panels to provide maximum transparency while being cost effective.

Sage West Loop represents KTGY’s commitment to design and technical innovation in residential high-rise design,” said Craig Pryde, Principal at KTGY.

Materials are applied to be sympathetic to the neighboring context, but also to evoke real a sense of kinetic movement along the building facades. We feel Sage West Loop provides an iconic skyline presence in the emerging West Loop neighborhood,” he concluded.

The overall efficiency of the building design contributed to a streamlined construction process that translated into faster delivery time-to-market.

Additionally, the rooftop and podium bases each provide outdoor terraces, offering residents impressive views of the Chicago skyline, and exclusive spaces to unwind and fully immerse themselves in the buzzing urban environment.