Windblown Magnificence


The Odyssey Chicago River


Between top-tier restaurants and skylines, the Windy City is an adventure that’ll satisfy all of your senses.

The best guides to “The Windy City” will urge visitors to experience Chicago on every luxurious level from the river to the skyline. Begin by roaming the Magnificent Mile for a glimpse of glamour on foot, set your gaze over Lake Michigan from historic rooftops and then cruise along the Chicago River before tasting the flavors of the world at top-tier restaurants for an adventure that will satisfy all of your senses.

Kimi Williams, director of sales for Hornblower Cruises and Events, says “Chicago is a big city with a generous sprinkling of Midwestern charm.” Similarly, Adam Skaf, senior public relations manager of The Magnificent Mile Association notes, “Chicago is increasingly cosmopolitan yet entirely cozy and approachable.”

Located in the heart of downtown, The Magnificent Mile is known as Chicago’s version of Bond Street in London or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and is the perfect way to get a feel for the city. “The Magnificent Mile is home to three vertical shopping centers, rang-ing from the country’s original mixed-use mall at Water Tower Place to the 900 shops that appeal especially to locals in the Gold Coast neighborhood with its higher-end retail offering,” says Skaf.


Designed with a bounty of greenery, Michigan Avenue offers a perfect day of exploring with views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River and more. “What strikes me about The Magnificent Mile is the full spectrum of options for a shopping spree, from well-known brands to independent boutiques and luxury retailers,” according to Skaf.

Strolling through Chicago’s streets opens the door to the many neighborhoods that make up this great city. “Chicago has all the benefits of a major city yet it leaves you with a sense of comfort and intimacy as if it was a collection of small neighborhoods. Each neighborhood offers unique experiences with the charm of good old fashioned Midwest hospitality,” says Michael Ditterline.


The Gwen King Terrace Suite

As the general manager of The Gwen Hotel, Ditterline knows something about hospitality and Chicago’s robust history of architecture and more. “Our original façade on the building was famously created by renowned sculptor Gwen Lux, our hotel’s name-sake.” The Gwen balances modern details with historic glamour that is unique to Chicago and has the feel of a boutique hotel, with all of the benefits of being a part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection. “Located right off of The Magnificent Mile, The Gwen offers a luxurious respite from the bustle of the city below,” according to Ditterline.


The John Hancock Building at dusk

For an equally relaxing afternoon, dinner on the water brings the true beauty of Chicago’s architecture and skyline into focus. “The Odyssey Chicago River redefines the city’s grand tradition of river cruising through its unique blend of contemporary design and elegant dining seen from an entirely new perspective — pulling the outside in and fully immersing guests in the spectacular architecture and vibrant energy of the Chicago River,” according to Williams.

Experiencing Chicago is embracing the city’s history of architecture, great food, and the brisk winds off of Lake Michigan. Luckily, the Odyssey is well equipped for toasty year-round cruising. Williams notes, “One of my favorite things about the city is the incredible views, especially when you get to enjoy this from the water. Admiring the sunset against the skyline while cruising across Lake Michigan or sailing down the Chicago River with the city backdrop is a perfect way to spend the day.”


This editorial originally appeared in Unique Homes Winter 2020.

65 E. Goethe Street Unit M102, Chicago, Illinois, United States

This magnificent residence lives like a single-family with approx. 5800 square feet on 2 floors and a private street entrance, yet offers the 24-hr. security, maintenance, and management services of an 18-unit luxury, boutique condominium building… the best of both worlds! It showcases the finest designer finishes, creating a timeless oasis in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The space flows easily from a formal living room, dining room, library, bar area to an inviting family room, all surrounding a dramatic entry foyer with 11′ ceilings. The 30′ kitchen and breakfast area, designed by de Giulio, opens to 1300 square feet of private, landscaped outdoor space. The 2nd level includes a master suite, his/her baths, dressing rooms, office/study, 2 add’l ensuite family bedrooms. The 4th ensuite bedroom is located on the 1st level, perfect for guests. This elegant, unique home is surrounded by landmark mansions and the lakefront, in one of  Chicago’s most exclusive areas of the city.

Basic Details

Price: $5,989,000

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 5

Half Bathrooms: 1

Square Footage: 5,800 Sqft

MLS: 10382629

Featured Agent: Sherri Kramer, Broker 

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury | 676 N. Michigan Ave. #3010, Chicago, Il 60611  cell 312.513.4280  fax 781.609.0169

If you’re searching for a home in Chicago, you’ve come to the right place!

SHERRI has been a realtor in Chicago since l986 and top producer with Coldwell Banker Residential for over 20 years. Her business is based on repeat and referral clients, providing the best support through the complicated process of purchasing or selling a home. She is 100% committed to helping her clients make one of their most important financial decisions and believes that ‘listening’​ to her client’s needs is her top priority.

Sherri specializes in residential properties in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Old Town, DePaul, River East, Lakeview, River North, Lakeshore East, West Loop & South Loop neighborhoods. She is skilled and up-to-date on the luxury market, new construction, market & financing trends, technology, social media…and always has a ‘pulse’​ on the market. 

Both regionally and nationally, Sherri enjoys helping her clients anywhere in the country through a vast network of trained and skilled Coldwell Banker agents in every marketplace. She enjoys a great reputation among her colleagues, in addition to her clients, who know they can count on her integrity and professionalism.

As a Seller, it is crucial to have the right realtor assist in staging and accurately positioning the home within the marketplace, as well as provide the best marketing support. As a Buyer, the right realtor provides guidance through the process, within the confines of the buyer’s budget and lifestyle. Sherri has always focused on being the ‘right’​ realtor.

For 30 years, Sherri has been committed to being the ‘real estate professional”​ in her clients’​ lives. “The most important thing we have in business, as in life, is our reputation” according to Sherri. Her clients know they can always count on her!

1000M, the 74-story, super-luxury high-rise, designed by Helmut Jahn with interiors by Kara Mann, has been the best-selling condominium development in downtown Chicago since launching sales last October.

The 323-unit building, located at 1000 S. Michigan Avenue, across from Grant Park, has paced the new-construction condo market throughout the fourth quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2018, logging 38 contracts, or roughly a third of all new development sales downtown, noted @properties, the exclusive sales firm for the building.

1000M’s sales are more than double the next fastest-selling development, the 94-story Vista Tower, and represent approximately 34 percent of all development sales downtown. The figures are based on data from two sources: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC, which operates the Chicagoland Multiple Listing Service, and the 4Q17 Downtown Chicago Condo Report compiled by Intregra Realty Resources.

New-construction inventory remains at historically low levels, while demand for luxury condominiums downtown has surged. Year to date, sales at the upper end of the market have significantly outperformed 2017, both in terms of the number of units sold and the price of those units. A number of recent sales have occurred between $1,300 and $1,400 per square foot, and the sale of the penthouse at 9 West Walton late last year topped $2,000 per square foot for raw space.

At 1000M, condominiums under contract range in price from approximately $600 per square foot to more than $1,000 per square foot, @properties noted.

“Virtually every contract we take at 1000M sets a record over what has previously sold south of Millennium Park. Certainly, at the high end of what we’ve sold, we are shattering pricing records for the area,” said John Goldsworthy of @properties, director of sales for 1000M.

“It shows that the market sees exceptional value in 1000M’s architecture, interiors and amenities, our unobstructed views, and our location on Michigan Avenue. We continue to work through a robust list of interested buyers, and we look forward to a strong spring and summer,” Goldsworthy added.

In addition to its fast start, 1000M has also won several awards, including Modern Luxury Interiors’ Best New Development of 2018 and the 2018 Gold Award for Best Presentation Center from the National Association of Home Builders.

1000M is anticipated to break ground in 2019 and be completed by 2022.

Photos courtesy of Millerhare

The spas at Fifty Third and Eighth, 50 West, 1000M and The Grand View at Skyview Park offer guests steam rooms, experiential showers, fitness center access and specialty treatments.

Photo courtesy of Millerhare

With self care being top of mind in 2018, here are some of the best residential spas for #selfcaresunday, a weekly ritual for resetting and treating oneself before the week ahead.

Manhattan luxury condo Fifty Third and Eighth recently completed its residents-only sauna.

For some real “me time” any day of the week, Fifty Third and Eighth’s spa offers a peaceful refuge in the heart of Manhattan. Residents can start their #selfcaresundays by taking a walk through the secluded garden.
After a morning stroll, residents can head over to the fitness center for a solid sweat session, then unwind in the personal sauna or steam room before ending the day doing face masks in their spacious two-bedroom residence.

 Photos courtesy of Gotham

The downtown tower 50 West features a full-floor Water Club in the lower level that includes a 60-foot swimming pool, a cedar-lined sauna, marble steam room and an experiential shower. The experiential shower allows a variable of water pressures, the sounds of thunder and lightning and the aroma of impending rain. The showers are capable of simulating the sounds of a “summer thunderstorm in Colorado” or a “tropical rainforest.” The showers are a good space for residents to relax their muscles and relieve any pain, swelling or stiffness from working out at the gym.

Photo courtesy of Qualls Benson

1000M’s luxurious spa will provide the opportunity for effortless relaxation and pampering without having to venture into the brutal weather that can sometimes be experienced in Chicago, with multiple options for treatment and wellness right in the building.
Among the many features of the Level 11 Spa are ice therapy, which can be used in a cryotherapy routine, and a Himalayan salt room, which in addition to relaxing your mind and body can help clear pollens, viruses, toxins and other pollutants from the body.  

Photo courtesy of Millerhare

At The Grand at Skyview Park in Flushing, residents have access to The Grand Club, an onsite health and wellness space offering full-service spa services and treatment rooms with on-site staff.

Spa-goers can finish off a relaxing day at the spa with a unique experience shower, equipped with multiple misters and body sprays including a 24-inch shower head with various flow settings and a unique variety of multi-temperature water sequences with soothing chromotherapy, relaxing acoustics and rejuvenating aroma. Chromotherapy, or color therapy, directs colored lights on acupressure points focusing on stimulating the healing energy that naturally occurs within the human body.

Photo courtesy of Thanassi Karageorgiou

Shore Club, a new upscale dining option, will offer a one-of-a-kind beachside hospitality experience with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan.

Nestled between the bustling Lakeshore Trails on the edge of North Avenue Beach, Shore Club will open in Chicago later this month. The multi-million-dollar seasonal restaurant and bar will provide guests with a new beachfront dining destination. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of Lake Michigan, Shore Club is a space unlike any other in Chicago.
“The concept of Shore Club began with a strong desire to create an elevated hospitality experience on North Avenue Beach,” said Robbie Schloss, one of the four local owners and partners. “We are excited to be able to offer a new dining option, one that we think will become the new “it” place for those looking to relax and enjoy on the beautiful Chicago beaches.”
The new venue, designed by d+k Architects, and MWorks Architects, LLC, will feature three distinct spaces – The Patio at Shore Club, The Restaurant at Shore Club and The Oasis at Shore Club.

The Patio at The Shore Club

The Patio at Shore Club will feature lunch and dinner service on a first-come-first-serve basis. The open-air patio will be the hotspot for those looking to unwind with a quick bite and a cocktail after a long day on the beach. The informal and comfortable atmosphere will feature a rotating schedule of specialty workshops, cooking classes and local art exhibitions.

The Restaurant at Shore Club 

The Restaurant at Shore Club will offer an elevated food menu in a covered, open-air environment. Complete with large glass windows, The Restaurant at Shore Club will make visitors feel as if they are vacationing on a far-off coastal beach.

The Oasis at Shore Club

At the most exclusive space, The Oasis at Shore Club, guests may relax and enjoy the beach views from a sunbed, daybed or a signature cabana. With a Mediterranean-inspired food menu created by Executive Chef Elizabeth Tokarczyk, The Oasis at Shore Club will offer a beautiful array of shared plates and large format options.
In honor of the 59th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show, Shore Club will be celebrating by providing spectators with front row beachside seats all weekend long. On Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20, guests can purchase tickets to gain entry to Shore Club’s patio with exclusive access to the restaurant. A pre-show event will also be held on Friday, Aug. 18t. Tickets, which range from $125 to $750, are available for purchase.

This 74-story luxury tower continues its celebration of Chicago culture with the hiring of Kara Mann, the founder and creative director of KARA MANN.

By Alyssa Gautieri

Real estate developers Time Equities (TEI), JK Equities (JKE) and Oak Capitals (Oak), have named Kann as the interior designer and interior architect of 1000M. As interior designer, Mann will design the development’s interior, finish selections for all 323 residences and hand-select the property’s amenities.
“We are extremely proud and excited to have Kara as the interior designer of 1000M,” said Francis Greenburger, chairman of Time Equities. “As a rising star in the design industry, Kara brings a sophisticated edge to all the layouts, finishes and amenity spaces, which truly align with our vision for the project. She will be a key partner in our seeking beautiful design that will help shape this iconic building, which will be one of the tallest in Chicago and one that will forever help define the city’s skyline.”
Previously, Mann worked on luxury residences, hospitality projects and high-end retail. Taking her experience to 1000M, Mann will ensure that each residence features natural wood floors, custom cabinetry and more. Master bathrooms will offer over-sized showers and ‘wet rooms’ complete with large tubs. Higher-level residences will also feature extra-large balconies.

In addition to designing the interiors, Mann will design more than 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space.
“1000M is a truly special project, not only for the city of Chicago, but for my career as well,” says Mann. “1000M is a seamless display of creating an environment that combines art and design, and creates a strong relationship between the exterior and interior. I am determined to set a new bar in Chicago for style, comfort, functionality, and ultimately — beauty.”
Sales for the project are expected to launch in the summer of 2017, with construction to start in 2018.

Photos courtesy of Millerhare

An urbane penthouse perched high above Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue captivates as both gallery and home.

By Dresden Scott

How does one live with art — or rather, live in art? It was a question that guided a particular art collecting couple, who divide their time between the sun-kissed shores of Palm Beach and the wind-swept streets of Chicago.
There are no universal guidelines, of course — no set of rules for guiding them on a path toward harmonious art-home coexistence. It became a matter of intuition and taste, and a matter of letting the art speak to them so that they, as owners and stewards, could display their art in a way that honors both the artist and his or her subject. They chose an unfinished, 4,000-square-foot penthouse on the 60th floor of the glorious Park Tower for their blank canvas. Renowned Chicago-based architect/interior designer Scott Himmel was promptly brought on board to envision the interiors as an homage to their life’s passion.  
“The clients had a world-class art and sculpture collection, and in addition, they wanted a world-classMid-Century furniture collection to go along with it,” recalls Himmel, who spent…

Click here for the full story, as seen in the Fall 2016 issue of Homes & Estates. 

A Chicago couple fashions a classic apartment in the sky — an ambitious ode to the city’s architecture. 

By Alyson Pitare

Chicago’s skyline is a canvas of bold architectural statements, a portrait rendered in mile-high towers, historic beaux artsbuildings and modernist structures envisioned by the likes of Louis Sullivan and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It’s a citythat lives in the clouds and among dreams, where the world’s first skyscraper was ever conceived. It’s a city meant to be experienced from both within and from above.
One comes to fully understand this paradox from the vantage point of a glorious penthouse on the 87th floor ofTrump Tower, designed by Adrian Smith (the mastermind behind the world’s tallest structure, Burj Khalifa in Dubai). Framed by12-foot windows, the entire city of Chicago unfolds below, with unparalleled views to the north, east, south and west, glimpses ofthe Willis Tower, Aqua Tower and Lake Michigan’s seemingly never-ending stretch of blue.When Chezi Rafaeli, affiliated sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago, first showed the 6,850-square-foot raw space to Tom and Michelle Gross in 2012…

Click here for the full story, as seen in the Fall 2016 issue of Homes & Estates.

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