When it comes to urban living, it’s hard to beat a downtown Chicago condo. For starters, many of luxury condo buildings bring the best of both worlds—upscale amenities of luxury city living, with all the square footage you might miss from the suburbs. Plus, you’re in the heart of everything the city has to offer—culture, shopping, great food, the city’s landmarks.
One of those jewels of the city is Chicago’s Art Institute, located near Millennium Park on the east side of the downtown loop. Not only is there plenty to do in this area, there are a number of Chicago real estate options that put it all just a few steps from your front door.
The Art Institute Getting a Big Upgrade
The Art Institute is on the verge of being better than ever, having just received a gift of 42 pop art works from the likes of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and others. The gift is valued at roughly $500 million combined. The Warhol collection alone will bring in 9 silk screens, adding to one single Warhol painting.
It’s the largest gift in the 136-year history of the Art Institute. It’s also a huge addition to the museum’s contemporary collection, putting it on par with its signature impressionist pieces. The works range from abstract 1940s and 1950s pieces to 1960s pop art and are set to be installed at the end of this year and ready for public viewing in January 2016.
Chicago Real Estate in the Center of City’s Culture
The Art Institute is only one of the major attractions found near downtown Chicago real estate. Other gems in this neighborhood include:
Chicago Symphony Center: Consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs more than 100 concerts each year right here in downtown Chicago.
Millennium Park: Along with a garden and winter ice skating rink, Millennium Park is home to several architectural wonders. One is Cloud Gate, the mirrored sculpture that’s quickly become one of the city’s most loved attractions. You’ll also find the Pritzker Pavillion, an architectural bandstand designed by Frank Gehry as a coveted destinations for outdoor musical performances.
Maggie Daley Park: Still under construction, this new park will be named after Chicago’s longtime first lady, and will include an interactive skating rink, a field house, climbing park and much more to make it the ultimate destination for play in downtown Chicago.
Theaters: The Chicago Theatre and the Cadillac Theater are a few nearby hot spots for seeing everything from Broadway to standup comedy.
Finding Chicago Real Estate for the Art Enthusiast
Something else to consider with the idea of being close to art is finding the right real estate in Chicago for an art collector themselves. I’ve worked with a number of collectors and art enthusiasts to find a property that accommodates their collection, whether it be a single statement piece on the wall or a major sculpture collection.
I am also connected to one of the most prestigious lighting experts in the city, who can work with you on hanging and properly lighting your most precious pieces, from small to larger collections.
Chicago real estate truly has something to offer for every taste and interest (such as art), and I would be happy to help you find a property that’s the perfect fit for you and your family. Contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at [email protected]