I continue to be impressed with the Elysian building in Streeterville. Just look at it, the design is so impressive, and the restaurants are starting to get the attention they so richly deserve. Developer David Pisor thought of everything - even the spa is magnificent!
The combination of Lucien Lagrange's design skills and David's experience resulted in a real gem for downtown Chicago. Now, I must say, I do have a very attractive unit listed in the building, but I had been talking up the Elysian long before my very recent listing came into being. Here are pictures of the luxurious lobby and the spa.
And just to show how unbiased I am, I continue to talk about the upcoming splendid addition to Lincoln Park, 2520 Lincoln Park West, which I have no association with at all. Of course, it is another Lucien Lagrange building, so we know the design will be beautiful, but the way they will be preserving the central courtyard building shows they really care about honoring the past in a way that harmonizes perfectly with the design of the new buildings in the development.
The news from yesterday about the final demise of the Calatrava Chicago Spire was sad. Unfortunately, the building came along just as the market was hitting some of the worst times for real estate that any of us have seen in our careers.
There was lots of interest in the early days, but even then I was a little skeptical - not because I had a crystal ball view of where the market was going but because I found it hard to believe that any property could sell at a price that was around $1,300 per square foot. I had several international clients calling me and expressing interest but of course that dried up as it became clear where things were going.
Finally, I am so excited for my friend Sandy Deromedi, who is co-chair of the Field Museum's Gold Gala, which will be on October 16. She has worked so hard, and it looks like there will be a huge turnout. Then, the Field Museum's amazing "Gold" exhibit will open a few days later on October 22. What a great way to usher in what promises to be one of the best-attended exhibits in years! Congratulations Sandy!