Crain’s Chicago Business: Co-Working Spaces Are Gaining Momentum as an In-Demand Apartment Amenity

Related Midwest is incorporating a “Living Library” into its design.

Apartment developments are competing with one another for residents. That’s why they’re constantly adding in-demand amenities to their common spaces—they’re searching for new and innovative ways to stand out.

Building developer Related Midwest is bringing a co-working space to its latest Chicago project. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, residents at Landmark West Loop can expect to gain access to what’s being called the “Living Library.” The 30-story building is adding a 2,000-square-foot lounge area equipped with library tables, bench seating and booths that offer privacy for those trying to get work done. The amenity is meant to attract young professionals and entrepreneurs who are looking for a place to work outside of their actual units.

Related Midwest vice president Mike Ellch told Crain’s Chicago Business in an interview, “We would actually see people come down in the morning to set themselves up because they wanted to jockey for position.”

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