PHOTOS: Chicago's tallest rental residences: High-tech living with a local touch

There’s a new contender in town for those in the market for a top-notch view. At 76 floors, Nema Chicago will be the tallest rental residential building in the city when finished. It recently started pre-leasing and will welcome its first residents in May.

Located at the far south end Grant Park, the tower offers sky-high living with a focus on local authenticity, high-end amenities and modern, in-unit technology.

Chicago was a natural site for the second Nema tower, joining San Francisco and soon Boston, according to Bruce Menin, managing principal at developer Crescent Heights.

“We’re doing these Nemas in cities and urban markets that are rich with meaning,” Menin said. “There’s so much about Chicago’s history and architecture and culture that is unique that we were able to capture in the building.”

The building’s facade, designed by renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, mimics the glossy, tiered aesthetic of many notable Chicago buildings, such as Willis Tower. Locally inspired details in the David Rockwell-designed interior include The Station (a sports bar named after a railway that once operated on the site), art commissioned by local artists, and design materials that reflect the natural elements of neighboring Grant Park.

Nema Chicago is split between signature residences — studios, one- and two-bedrooms units below the 48th floor — and the skyline collection of larger two-, three- and four-bedroom units.

Details include floor-to-ceiling windows with blackout and sheer thermal shades, modern light fixtures, Caesarstone countertops and Smart home technology. Amenities are on par with other luxury high-rises buildings, and then some. They include an outdoor pool, golf simulator, co-working space, kids club and urban lounge.

Studios start at $1,735 per month, two bedrooms at $2,985.

*Photos provided have been digitally enhanced. 

(Chicago Tribune)

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