Spoke Apartments – Committed to Chicago Culture

When I hung up the phone after my first conversation with Spoke Apartments in December I was excited for what was to come.

They reached out to ask if I’d visit their new two tower complex in River West for a tour and to experience their unique and unrivaled amenity spaces firsthand with my fianc√©, Tricia. With pleasure, I obliged.

Live, and Love Local

As a Chicago native and resident, I relish opportunities to work with local artists, brands and establishments. My collaboration with Spoke Apartments has allowed me to hit that trifecta, and I gladly share my experience here.

From this project’s conception to completion and everything in between, all who I came in contact with – employees and tenants alike – were friendly and welcoming. I write with all honesty that the vibe at Spoke is as organic as they claim it is, particularly in their dedication and commitment to local artists. They definitely did their homework.

Curated by Patti Gilford Fine Arts, 24 innovative Chicago-based artists were carefully selected to complement Spoke’s architecture and culture. Of the 24, half created pieces specifically for the property.

One of the most notable pieces lives on a two-story wall in the North lobby and is the work of Matthew Hoffman (famous for the You Are Beautiful campaign).

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The Good Stuff

While commissioned to share honest feedback about Spoke’s amenity spaces, I must pay a little mind to the living areas. See below for some our favorite Spoke Apartment features:

  • Safe: a concierge is onsite 24/7 and each tower requires a key fob for entry
  • Bright: All apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Sleek: ash-grey wide-plank flooring, exposed concrete ceilings, high-end appliances
  • Spacious: 417-2360 sq.ft. floor plans with oversized vanities and closets
Visit https://spokeapartments.com/ for floor plans and a 3D tour

The Really Good Stuff

When Tricia and I arrived on February 24th for our tour we first met with Tess O’Brien, Spoke Apartments’ Leasing Director. The South tower lobby, where the leasing offices are located, is big and comfortable.

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Tess walked us through each tower so we’d have our bearings, and left us to “have at it.” Check out my review below!

Family Room

The Family Room is a large, bright, multi-purpose space that you can rent privately or use on-the-fly, full of plenty of nooks to entertain.

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Within arm’s reach is a grand kitchen island that seats six, a dining table with room for eight, and two seating areas for cocktailing and catching up. One can easily come for dinner and stay for conversation.

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I like Mel Cook’s 4 pieces in the room, too, all created over a period of three years. They brighten up the south wall and make for great conversation pieces.

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There’s also a sprawling outdoor terrace that connects both towers, a great place to mingle with the neighbors. There you’ll find a resort-style pool with three private cabanas (Vegas anyone?), four built-in grills, a pizza oven, Bocce court, hydrotherapy spa and fire pit.

Case in point: after you move in, it’ll be hard to find reasons to leave!

Bar & Lounge

The stage is perfect for live music, stand-up comedy or poetry reading, and karaoke, which Spoke hosts regularly.

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Although the room can be used on a first-come, first-served basis, it can also be reserved for private events.

All-in-all, it’s a well thought out space and there’s something for everyone to do. I really like the motif, too – the chairs and booths are designed to look like instrument and equipment cases!

If I lived here and I was stir-crazy or hosting some friends, I’d definitely hit this space up. It’s bright, spacious, and a great place to hang out and meet some of the other tenants.

Dog Run

As owners of a Terrier mix, Tricia and I really like the Dog Run and dedicated space for pet grooming and bathing. The outdoor turf area boasts obstacles to train (or tire out) your pet, and even better – it’s covered.

Where we live today has a nice outdoor run, but no doubt it’d be nice to avoid the elements when it’s time to take him out.

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In line with the commitment to local artists, there’s even a cool, acrylic wall painting in the grooming room, “LIFE SAVERS,” commissioned by Nick Fisher for Spoke Apartments.

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Fitness Center and Peloton Studio

Isn’t it great when a living arrangement allows you to drop your gym membership?

When you’re ready to break a sweat, head to one of Spoke’s two dedicated spaces for fitness: the state-of-the-art Fitness Center on four, or the Virtual Cycling Studio on one, which is equipped with seven Peloton bikes and nine wall-mounted flat screens.

Spoke let me know that Peloton “offers high energy cycling classes taught by some of the best instructors around the world.”

Further, there are 12 classes a day and an additional suite of on-demand classes that can be taken anytime, 24 hours a day.

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When you’re finished cycling, head to the Fitness Center on the fourth floor (also open 24/7). There you’ll have access to professional-grade equipment with built-in TVs, free-weights, machines and a boxing training system (cool!).

There’s also a private yoga studio and a second performance room with bikes and on-demand training classes. Spoke also hosts complimentary fitness classes three times a week – a great opportunity to burn cals with a group.

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Game Room

While I can see myself spending time in any of the common spaces Spoke has to offer, the Game Room might be my favorite.

I’ve been a gamer since I was a kid, and this room has nine (count ’em) NINE flat screen TVs with surround sound hooked up to Playstation, Nintendo Switch and Xbox.

Mario Kart, anyone?!

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It’s also a theater – you can watch TV or movies with friends, other tenants, or rent it out and host private viewing parties.

Better yet? There’s a fridge in the back for beverages.

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Sky Lounge

If you’re like me, you like views. I mean – great ones are a prerequisite when it comes to city living, aren’t they?

On the 15th floor of the South tower is the penthouse level. And on the penthouse level is the Sky Lounge. The space and its views are captivating.

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There’s also a large demonstration kitchen where in the future Spoke will host cooking classes.

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In conclusion, I think this property management company has done a great job catering to their demographic. It’s a modern, bright, hip space that yields a lot of bang for buck, and is a block away from both the blue line and the Kennedy to boot.

If you or someone you know is in the market for an apartment, add Spoke Apartments to you walk-through list. Hands down, Tricia and I will be back if we decide to move!

I received compensation from Spoke Apartments for my honest feedback in this article. The views expressed are mine.

All photos © Kevin Baum and Anthony Jones.


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