Many of Goose Island’s existing buildings already possess the layout and location crucial to today’s younger demographics. By adaptively reusing the core and shell of these historic properties, designers and architects minimize both cost and development time while creating unique, modern workspaces that are not only affordable, but in high demand for talented young professionals and major corporations looking to update their identity.
The historic buildings of Goose Island, including 909 West Bliss, are solid and proven structures with open floor plates and large windows—perfect for companies valuing collaborative space filled with natural light. Developers like R2 are focused on equipping these workplaces with the latest technology, affording “plug- and-play” convenience.
The modern-day workplace fosters an optimal blend of business and leisure, and Goose Island is strategically positioned to accommodate progressive companies. The North Branch River Campus has outstanding access to recreational amenities including many public transportation options. The campus’ ideal downtown Chicago location also allows tenants to easily access neighboring communities, the suburbs and the Loop.
The next-generation employee requires the ability to navigate to and from work with ease. With this in mind, R2 has proposed a bike and pedestrian bridge along the North Branch River Campus. This bridge will provide immediate connection to the Chicago Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue Blue Line stations, reaching expansive pools of talent in Wicker Park, Logan Square and deeper into Chicago’s creative neighborhoods. Employees may easily bike to work or to Goose Island’s surrounding areas—a trendsetting advantage to recruit and retain top young talent.