In 1997, Smithfield Properties acquired the site formerly known as "Homemaker's" and commissioned reknowned, award-winning architect, Laurence Booth, FAIA, to design a residential building. The SoNo Condominium tower is located at 860 W. Blackhawk in Chicago, two blocks south of North Avenue and one block west of Halsted. The building stands 28 stories tall and consists of 197 residential units with multiple, spacious floorplans. The building has a glass curtain wall, so every unit is flooded with light. With the exception of the parcel occupied by SoNo, the current zoning plan prohibits residential high-rises in the area bounded by West North Avenue, North Halsted Street, West Division Street, and the Chicago River. As a result, SoNo residents enjoy unparalleled, unobstructed views of Chicago's skyline and Lake Michigan.
As one of the only high-rises in the Clybourn Corridor, SoNo holds a prominent position as an architectural icon in Chicago.