Chicago's Aqua building was awarded Skyscraper of the Year for 2009. (Image from flickr/solar wind)
One of Chicago’s many famed buildings was named skyscraper of the year for 2009 by Emporis, a German company that collects and publishes data about buildings worldwide. Aqua, an 82-story skyscraper on North Columbus Drive, was noted for its design and the functionality of the building, which includes 718 Chicago condos along with commercial space. For architecture buffs looking for a Chicago home or Chicago condo, Aqua has much to offer real estate in Chicago, both residentially on the inside and aesthetically on the outside. Several Chicago homes for sale are in the Aqua building, from modest studios to a 2,900-square-foot penthouse, and most of these upscale residences feature hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and a unique balcony created from the “waves” that encircle the building’s exterior. The Aqua’s condominiums start on the 53rd floor and many offer floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the surrounding Millennium Park, Lake Michigan, downtown Chicago and the Chicago River.
Holding its own among many Chicago condo buildings that offer supreme features, Aqua is furnished with gardens, gazebos and pools at the base level, along with a running track and fire pit for residents. For those looking for sustainability, Aqua was also celebrated for its green design, which includes energy-efficient lighting and a rainwater collection system. But Aqua wasn’t the only Chicago real estate building recognized by Emporis. Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower also made the Top 10 list of skyscrapers at No. 5. Another relative newcomer among luxury Chicago homes, Trump Tower’s residential condominiums offer a posh lifestyle backed by the Trump name. Services available to Trump Tower residences range from a white-glove doorman to a dry-cleaning and laundry valet. In the heart of downtown Chicago, Trump tower offers both superior privacy and a slew of activities right around the corner. To narrow down your search through Chicago homes for sale , or to find a Chicago condo in an award-winning building, contact agent Sheldon Salnick at (312) 498-5080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.