Written by Mark Grossi
When it comes to luxury housing, Chicagoland residents have a variety of options. And with new developments popping up all over the city and suburbs, deciding what’s best for you can be a big task.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of five of the Chicago area’s hottest developments as well as just what makes them so special.
Check out the developments featured below and let us know which one you’d want to live in!
1000M | South Loop, Chicago
Designed by internationally-renowned architect Helmut Jahn, with sophisticated interiors by acclaimed designer Kara Mann, 1000M is one of the most exciting new developments set to grace the Chicago skyline.
Imagine breathtaking forever views of Lake Michigan, Grant Park, and the city with an expansive curated amenity package covering more than 40,000 square feet.
- 1000M Spa with meditation room, plunge pools, steam room, beauty bar and hydration station
- Club 1000: a private club with spectacular 19-foot glass walls and lush perennials in the Winter Garden
- Level 72 features a full-service bar
- Sky Terrace with breathtaking “forever” views of Grant Park, Lake Michigan and the city; telescopes for celestial viewing
- House staff, including, concierge, amenity coordinators, door attendants, house drivers and a live-in superintendent
Kelmscott Park | Lake Forest, Illinois
Just steps from Lake Forest’s historic downtown, Kelmscott Park offers new-construction maintenance-free living in a lushly-landscaped setting. This new community offers a choice of 2-3 bed condominiums or 3-5 bed single-family homes with first-floor master suites.
Here you can enjoy the best aspects of the verdant North Shore while being within walking distance from Lake Forest’s downtown, which features shopping, restaurants and convenient Metra access to Chicago.
Construction is nearing completion on the model home which is set to open later this month. At this time the apartment phase of the development is also nearing completion.
Key Features & Amenities:
- Large contemporary floor plans; custom cabinetry
- Sub-Zero, Wolf and Asko appliances
- Large private balconies or terraces
- Attached two-car garages in single-families and underground parking for condominiums
Superior House | River North, Chicago
Through its limited edition offerings, inspired design by FitzGerald Associates Architects and spacious floor plans personalized by Gary Lee Partners, Superior House is reinterpreting River North luxury living. The quiet residential building includes 34 condominium residences fashioned by distinguished designer Gary Lee & his firm.
FitzGerald’s sleek, contemporary facade elevates Superior House within the serene River North neighborhood.
- Green roof, vegetable and herb garden
- Outdoor lounge and bar
- Outdoor kitchen with BBQ area
- Fire pit
- Dog run
- Rooftop fitness and yoga center
- Indoor lounge
- 24-hour doorman
- WiFi throughout common areas
Prairie Court | South Loop, Chicago
Set between the historic mansions of Prairie Avenue and the contemporary high-rises of the new South Loop, Prairie Court is a new townhome community that proves city living doesn’t have to be about compromise.
While this development still has availability, the residences are selling fast. The South Loop has never been more alive and now is a perfect opportunity to ensure you have a place in the burgeoning neighborhood.
- Spacious light-filled floor plans
- Attached two-car garages
- Ample outdoor living space
- Contemporary upscale finishes
- Access to highly rated South Loop Elementary School
Opera Lofts | Bronzeville, Chicago
Located in the hot Bronzeville neighborhood, the unique spaces at Opera Lofts offer buyers a chance to own a piece of Chicago history. With modern lofts available from under $300K, homeowners will experience the ultimate in loft living along with an assortment of high-end amenities.
- Up to 30’ loft ceilings and 13’ window height in living areas
- Oak hardwood flooring
- Indoor deeded parking spaces
- Scenic rooftop
- Spacious green roof area
- Common deck with furniture
- Fitness center
- Skyline views
The annual Chicago Air & Water Show makes its triumphant return to North Avenue Beach on August 19th & 20th for another weekend of aerial magic and water-front stunts.
In preparation for the big event, be sure you have your viewing spot settled. The beach might seem like the most rational place to watch the show, but it can get overwhelmingly crowded on the weekend.
Keep reading for some of the city’s best places to watch the show.
From the Roof
If you’ve been in need of a reason to visit a Chicago rooftop bar, this is it. There are quite a few rooftop hangouts in Chicago that will be offering prime views of this year’s show.
Photo Credit: J. Parker (Boka Restaurant Group)
Atop Hotel Lincoln is the J. Parker, a chic rooftop hangout with dazzling views of the city. Craft cocktails and seasonal small plates await you here; don’t miss the specialty cocktail, The Aviation, being served in honor of the Air & Water Show.
Perched above the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Cindy’s rooftop in the Loop features an open-air terrace with panoramic views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Lake Michigan, and beyond.
It’s not quite a rooftop setting, but the views don’t get much better than the 95th floor of the John Hancock building. For $175/person, your exclusive all-day admission treats you to premium seating, a gourmet buffet, an extensive bar package and one of the best views in the city.
From the Beach
While the main hub of the Air & Water Show is North Avenue Beach, there are a few Chicago beaches that offer great views, and might have a little more room to spare.
Photo Credit: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
North Avenue Beach | Lincoln Park
If you’re looking to watch the show from home base, you’ll want to head to North Avenue Beach early on the 19th or 20th. Prime viewing spots are sure to be taken up early.
Oakwood Beach | South Shore
Looking to enjoy the show in a more relaxed, less-crowded setting? Oakwood Beach is the place for you.
Photo Credit: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Montrose Beach | Lakeview
If you’re looking to take in the show with your furry friend, you should check out Montrose Beach. With a dog-friendly area, it’s the perfect setting for you and your pooch to enjoy the sights and sounds of this always-anticipated event.
Ohio Street Beach | Streeterville
Another popular spot to catch the show is Ohio Street Beach, where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat-and-drink package at Caffé Olivia. For more info, head here.
From the Water
Take your beachfront view to the next level and hop on one of Chicago’s cruise lines!
All three of the Chicago cruise lines will be operating throughout the weekend for people to enjoy the Air & Water Show. To learn more about pricing and the schedules, check out the links above.
It doesn’t matter what your preference is – whether it’s a rooftop terrace, a balcony with breathtaking views, or a private backyard escape, the options are endless. As we get deeper into spring and closer to summer, more and more nice days are bound to happen. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up ten of the best outdoor spaces, all with unique characteristics that truly separate them from the rest of the pack.
Be sure to let us know which one is your dream property!
River Forest, Illinois
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Post courtesy of Mark Grossi, @properties
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