On the Market: One-of-a-Kind Contemporary Luxury Condo on Penthouse Level in Chicago’s Near North


Sophisticated, contemporary and carefully curated, this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath unit at The Fordham is a paradigm of modern luxury living for the discerning modernist.

The 3,700 square foot penthouse-level condo was renovated and designed to showcase its pure modern aesthetic, its 180 degrees of sweeping views and lengthy list of extraordinary features.

Address: 25 E Superior St, Unit #4902
Price: $3,750,000

The second you step into this custom-designed condo, it is apparent that this home has been masterfully executed from the floating ceiling to the heated white marble floors. It very well could have come straight from the pages of a design or architecture magazine, filled with cutting-edge features and details throughout.

Thanks to wall-to-wall windows, pleasant natural light drenches the home by day. At night, the city lights create a wonderful backdrop to comfortable living.

The open, clean aesthetic is further complemented by swaths of white walls, perfect for extremely large art pieces.

If you are looking for a home that makes a statement, you must see this condo. There are a number of show-stopping elements that bring luxury to the next level, including:

Solarium: This is the pièce de résistance of this penthouse condo—the highest solarium in Chicago. Adjacent to the north terrace, this creates a huge, open space for dining and entertaining, filled with natural light and air that makes you feel like you’re close to the natural elements of Chicago. The windows have added functionality. They cascade open to allow one to enjoy the outdoor air when desired.

Custom kitchen: The kitchen was designed to be clean and minimal, with sleek Italian cabinetry and glossy white finishes. Features include hardware-free cabinets, white quartz countertops, Gaggenau oven, two Sub-Zero refrigerators and a floor-to-ceiling spice rack.

Outdoor space: This home’s two large terraces were designed for enjoying the view while relaxing outdoors. The north terrace is complete with modern landscaping, including custom-designed, concrete planters that complete the mood and aesthetic of this space. The terrace spans about 250 square feet and includes views of Hancock Tower and Lake Michigan. And a 350-square-foot terrace on the south side provides vistas of Wrigley Tower, the Aon Center and Willis Tower. The terraces each have remote screens and bifold doors that open to the fresh air.

Penthouse lobby and parking: This unit boasts a private lobby on the penthouse level and express elevator to its location on the 49th floor.

Flexible space: A custom Rimadesio floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door allows for one of the open living areas to be walled off for guests or other private space.

Details Make the Design

In the words of Charles Eames: The details are not the details; they make the design. This condo boasts a bevy of special design details throughout, from the floorplan to the finishes to the vistas.

The angle of the penthouse floors enable views in all directions from the north and south terraces. And through wall-to-wall windows, Lake Michigan is framed by iconic Chicago architecture: the Hancock Tower and the clock of the Wrigley Building.

The floating ceiling and free standing built-ins are added architectural touches, illuminated with lighting to create just the right amount of understated elegance. The beautiful marble floors are installed meticulously and have the special feature of being heated.

Functional accents are ultra clean in design, including flush recessed lighting, flush switches and outlets, invisible speakers in living room ceiling, handless kitchen cabinets, flush sink and stovetop. The entire home is integrated with Smart Home technology to control lighting, HVAC, audio/visual system via wall switch, iPad or smart phone. The window treatments are recessed for a clean look and motorized for easy use. And a retractable home theater makes the entertainment system disappear when you don’t need it.

The Fordham: A Mainstay in Chicago Luxury Living

Premium garage parking: The parking accommodation is yet another feature that goes above and beyond. The property includes two parking spots, one of which is a 1.5-car private garage within the garage, fully closed off from other cars. Directly next to this garage is an additional standard parking space.

With a perfect location in River North, the Fordham is an established building that has maintained its focus on high-end, luxury living for its residents. Located just one block from Michigan Avenue, you’ll be short walk away from exclusive shopping, Millennium Park, art galleries, museums and much more.

Services at the Fordham include a 24/7 doorman, receiving room with dry cleaning and shoe repair, email notification for packages, onsite management, curbside assistance and enhanced security.

Additional amenities for residents include:

  • A pristine pool deck, completely landscaped with new furniture and grills
  • Top-notch workout facilities, complete with views, newly upgraded equipment and trainers available by appointment
  • A spa, by appointment
  • Wine cellar and humidor
  • Movie theater with kitchenette and meeting/party room
  • 51st floor dog run and special entry

This luxurious contemporary condo is definitely a one of kind, and I would love to give you a personal tour. Please contact me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.