Sheldon's Picks For the Top Chicago Luxury Condo Buildings
Sheldon's Picks For the Top Chicago Luxury Condo Buildings
The Chicago luxury condo market had a great year in 2016, with everything from new construction to expanded neighborhoods to old favorites appearing among the list of top sales. Here’s a closer look at the top luxury condo buildings for the year, based on annual sales volume:
1. 4 East Elm
The delivery of the Gold Coast’s 4 East Elm this year marked a certain resurgence of luxury new construction condos in Chicago. With just 35 units in the building, each home has its own half or full floor, offering luxury and privacy in the heart of the city. Amenities at 4 East Elm include a 24-hour doorman, landscaped sundeck, outdoor pools and spa, conference area, screening room with theater seating and state-of-the-art A/V system, and a fitness center.
2. 11 E Walton (The Waldorf Astoria)
This Gold Coast building boasts the name of the renowned Waldorf Astoria, as it shares the building with the luxury hotel (which allows residences to access services like room service and more, plus a 24-hour concierge, clubhouse party room and a state-of-the-art health and fitness center). The building itself is architecturally significant as well—it was designed by Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange, the name behind many luxury residential buildings in and near downtown. The units here are known for their generous size and impeccable attention to detail, with luxury features like high-end finishes and appliances.
3. 180 E Pearson (Water Tower Place)
The call it the Magnificent Mile, so you can imagine that a Chicago condo building located just off of the famed Michigan Avenue is right on par. Water Tower Place is home to luxury condos along with shopping, dining and amenities from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which sits next door. Residents of Water Tower Place can enjoy all of the upscale amenities as hotel guests, such as concierge services and a high-end exercise facility.
4. 60 E Monroe (The Legacy at Millennium Park)
Millennium Park is a favorite destination in downtown Chicago, and living at the Legacy puts residents right in the heart of it. Not to mention, everything from nightlife to museums, shopping to dining are a short walk’s away as well. Stretching up 72 stories, units in The Legacy offer enviable views of downtown Chicago and the park itself. As far as amenities, the building is next door to the historic University Club, where Legacy residents can enjoy perks like dining, guest rooms and fitness facilities.
5. 401 N Wabash (Trump Tower)
The luxury lifestyle that comes with living at Trump Tower is nearly unrivaled, thanks to the number of amenities and first-class services that residents enjoy day in and day out. That includes a Michelin-rated restaurant, an internationally acclaimed spa, and five-star service that begins as soon as you pull up to the valet. The building’s unique curved design allows for expansive views from many units, providing a vista of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan right in your own living room.
6. 800 N Michigan (Park Tower)
Located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, Park Tower embodies luxury living in every way, from its quintessential Gold Coast address, to the world-class shopping and dining right outside the front door to the incredible views of the Chicago skyline. The Parisian-style building was designed by Lucien Lagrange and sits within steps of beaches, museums, theater and more. Residents of Park Tower can also access all of the amenities offered by the Park Hyatt Hotel (which occupies the lower floors of the building), including room-service, a state-of-the-art health club, dining at NoMi and more.
7. 118 E Erie (The Ritz-Carlton Residences)
As one might guess from the name, the Ritz-Carlton Residences bring unsurpassed service to each and every resident who lives in the building. Also located just off Michigan Avenue, this Lucien Lagrange-designed building is ideal for balancing the always-something-to-do city life with a private, luxurious retreat to call home. In addition to 89 residences, the building is home to the Landmark Club, a full-floor private club with a private art collection, movie theater, private on-site chef and athletic and spa facilities. And because the staff is trained and managed by the world-renowned Ritz-Carlton hotel company, residents here can count on top-of-the-line service for any ask, including vacant home care, shoe shining, grocery shopping and delivery, dog walking and private catering.
8. 340 E Randolph (340 on the Park)
Lakeshore East is known for luxury Chicago condos that boast exceptional views of the lake, parks and city—and 340 on the Park is certainly no exception. The building also masters the art of design details, starting with a contemporary exterior, leading into the modern lobby and all the way up to small perfections in each unit. Amenities here include a 24-hour doorman, indoor pool, steam and sauna rooms, expansive cardio and weight rooms, winter garden and club room with catering kitchen.View Active Listings at 340 E Randolph (340 on the Park)
9. 1211 S Prairie (One Museum Park)
This south-loop Chicago condo building exudes luxury from even miles away, with an ultra-elegant glass exterior that enable jaw-dropping views from its 62 stories. Each unit boasts high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet kitchens, highly upgraded bathroom finishes and surrounds and outdoor balcony space. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
10. 100 E Huron (Chicago Place)
A staple of the River North skyline, 100 E Huron is right off of the Magnificent Mile, with the first nine floors of the building occupied by dining and shopping (including Sak’s Fifth Avenue). Large windows in every unit make way for vistas of the Chicago skyline and lake views. Amenities here include valet parking, an indoor pool, 24-hour doorman, fitness center and hospitality suite.
11. 2550 Lakeview
Lincoln Park 2550 was one of the city’s most anticipated new construction projects over the last several years. Bar none, it boasts the best lobby among condo buildings, drenched in elegance from the atrium to the mail room. The amenities available leave nothing to be desired, including a 1.25-acre private park, a dog run, a private fitness facility, club lounge with catering kitchen, private movie theater, a concierge and more.View Active Listings at 2550 Lakeview
12. 333 Canal (The Residences at Riverbend)
The Residences at Riverbend include Chicago condos from one to four bedrooms ranging from 1,050 to 4,000+ square feet. Units boast 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular natural light due to the unique building design that lets light in from all directions. The building includes an elegant lobby with 24-7 doorman, fitness club, hospitality room and dry cleaners.
13. 412 E North Water St
These brick and limestone Streeterville townhomes offer a variety of features depending on the unit, including 11-foot ceilings, maple floors, open kitchens and much more.
14. 10 E Delaware
Lucien Lagrange also designed this building, just north of the loop in the ultra-picturesque Gold Coast. Large windows, rich hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens, and private balconies are a few highlights of the units here, along with the tree-lined streets near high-end shopping and dining at Rush and Oak streets. The uppermost level of Ten East Delaware is dedicated to the residents-only Ten Club, which features a rooftop swimming pool, stunning sundeck and gardens, fitness center and private club room.
15. 130 N Garland (The Heritage at Millennium Park)
Located off of Michigan Avenue and overlooking the city’s famed downtown park, 130 N Garland is an idyllic location for luxury living in Chicago. The building is situated behind the Chicago cultural center, a building with landmarked status that ensures protection of unobstructed views. Amenities here include a fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, sundeck, party room and pedway access to shopping and more. Not to mention, the art museum, theatre district, State Street, the lakefront and river are all just a few steps away.