ML - Michigan Avenue

2014 - Issue 7 - November

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photography by related midwest (lobby) RENTAL RICHES Luxury rental apartment seekers find a wealth of posh amenities at these three downtown properties. At 73 E. LAkE, high tech is taken to new heights: The lobby boasts a mosaic fat-panel display across 15 4K-resolution screens (the only residential building in the country with that kind of custom-designed display), and other techy perks abound, like Category 6 Ethernet cables and in-room, built-in, super-fast chargers. 73 E. Lake St., 312-269-9900; AMLI RIvER NoRth boasts an expansive indoor ftness center that features a real-time golf simulator. Other indoor entertainment options include a private theater, sports lounge with billiard table, private library/dining room with freplace, and a club room with gourmet kitchen. 71 W. Hubbard St., 312-281-0296; downtown/chicago/river-north 850 LAkE ShoRE DRIvE combines old-world elegance with modern luxury amenities in a completely restored historic Beaux Arts building from the 1920s. The expansive rooftop features amenities like an indoor lounge with a gourmet kitchen, a landscaped sun deck overlooking Lake Michigan, and a dog run. 850 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-915-0850; "wE TOOK sOMEThing ThAT wAs A BLighT On ChiCAgO And TurnEd iT inTO An iCOn Of whAT ChiCAgO COuLd BE." —gary handel luxury urban living. The intention was to give the building's look a mix of glamour and grittiness, along- side soothing glimpses of nature with the Chicago River below and Lake Michigan to the east, explains Kara Mann. "There is a constant push and pull between urban and home, architecture and nature," she says. "These constant contrasts drove the over- arching design and feeling we wanted to create." Surrounded by commercial buildings, the new $180 million project was an opportunity to push the envelope on luxury and amp up residential services, says Nick Anderson, a vice president at Related Midwest who oversaw the OneEleven project, which is the largest residential rental building in The Loop to date. Besides, "This was an important architec- tural location," says Anderson of the site, which stretches along the Chicago River on the Wacker Wall. The original structure was stripped down to its concrete shell, which gave Handel Architects the freedom to reinvent the space and build up from where the initial 26 f loors left off. "We had an oppor- tunity to take something that was a blight on Chicago and turn it into an icon of what Chicago could be," asserts Gary Handel, managing partner at New York – based Handel Architects. One of the biggest design challenges for Handel was transforming some of the existing space, origi- nally intended for a Shangri-La Hotel on a grander scale. He retained the 35-foot ceiling in the lobby, knowing that a dramatic entrance to a residential building would draw design-minded renters. On the interior design front, Mann says the challenge was to make the building feel comfortably residential and urban-chic at the same time. She achieved much of that using sumptuous materials and dramatic lighting throughout the common spaces. Case in point: On entering the lobby, despite the soaring ceiling and striking architectural details, the focal point is a mas- sive circular lilac mohair sofa that softens the space and adds a touch of glamour. On the 27th and 28th double f loor—where the indoor-outdoor amenities area is the split point between the original building below and the new construction above—dark couches dot the room, and small dark tabletops run the length of a f loor-to- ceiling wall of windows. The tables are f lanked by counter-height stools covered in f loral fabric that would not be out of place on a North Shore living room couch. Dramatic modern fixtures sweep down from the ceiling to rein in the scale of the room, and abstract, edgy art by artists like Diana Thater, Tauba Auerbach, and Thrush Holmes is found throughout. OneEleven opened its doors July 1 and was 60 percent occupied by late September. Sixty different floor plans ensure that Related can offer different living configurations for just about anyone, asserts Anderson, who envisioned this project as anything but cookie-cutter. Monthly rentals of one-bedroom apartments begin at $2,395, and three-bedroom units start at $6,495 (studios are gone). Among the first to move into the building were William and Meredith Fisher, a couple who sold their 6,000-square-foot Lincoln Park home after two of their three daughters left for college, moving into a three-bedroom unit in July with their youngest child. William, 54, a former CEO of Towers Productions, is launching a new online media company this fall called YuVue from his new home-office space; his wife is an Australia native and a former editor of Magnum Photos in Paris. The couple has lived in Munich, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Miami over the years, so moving to OneEleven is just one more sophisticated stop along the way for this urbane, globe-trotting couple. "We love the vibe of the people who live in the building," Fisher says with satisfaction. "And we have the most urban vista in the city." 111 w. wacker dr., 312-850-0111; cago/the-loop/oneeleven MA The bilevel south-facing outdoor deck features poolside lounging, cabanas, outdoor kitchens with grills, and a fire pit. Club OneEleven is a 24-hour lounge featuring an outdoor terrace and spectacular river views. 142 haute property News, Stars, and trends in real estate

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