SoPHI, named by its location South of the Phillips neighborhood, is a five-story, mixed-use building located at the southeast corner of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue. The location of the project serves as a link between the commercial corridor of Lake Street to the residential corridor of Chicago Avenue. Lake Street is an ethnically rich corridor of the city, featuring culture, history, food and shopping. Notably, the Midtown Global Market, home to more than 50 vendors and located in the historically significant Sears building, is one block away from the project site. The surrounding residential neighborhoods link the project to Powderhorn Park and to the Midtown Greenway.
The storefront lining both street sides serves to activate the corner of this major intersection. Los Ocampo, which formally stood on the site, is now the corner tenant of the project with an operable garage door that opens to Chicago Avenue for street seating. Above, the large windows and exterior materials of brick and dark metal panels were chosen to match the warm tones of the surrounding context.