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The cranes dotting Chicago’s skyline prove the city is in a building boom, but it isn’t just towers that are teeming—row houses and vintage charm are having their moment in the real estate spotlight too.

VJAA won an American Institute of Architects Honor Award for the design of this spacious apartment on the river. The HVAC ductwork and plumbing systems are hidden, while some of the floors are raised to make the most of the spectacular views. Interiors by Amy Rosengarten Interior Design respect the openness of the space while providing defined zones for comfortable living.  

One Chicago Square 

Menomonee Row 

445 Arlington


Fifteen Fifty on the Park 

Past and present rule in this spacious home.

Located on the original top floor of the former Montgomery Ward building on the Chicago River, unit 950 of 900 N. Kingsbury is a three-bedroom, 41/2 bath home that is all about space. And we’re not just talking square feet—although there is 5,500 of it. Huge steel-framed windows and wide-open rooms punctuated with 15-foot bell-capped concrete columns are warmed by the extensive use of white oak millwork for an eloquent and welcoming expression of loft living. Concrete ceilings and bands of exposed brick add to the air of industrial chic. The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area has multiple tiers to enhance the view, but why not just step outside and enjoy one of the three private balconies? Expect top-of-the-line appliances from Wolf, Miele and Sub-Zero, as well as a master bath that feels more like a luxury spa. Additional features include a walk-in wine cellar and three parking spaces. $3,500,000, Sophia Klopas,

When One Chicago Square opens, it will set a higher bar for downtown living and inject new energy into River North.

The South Loop isn’t the only quarter of the city sprouting skyscraping luxury housing these days. Occupying a full city block at Superior and State streets, this massive project from JDL (the development firm behind No. 9 Walton) will comprise 795 high-end rentals, 75 top-drawer condos, retail, an organic grocer, two parks (one on the roof) and a 145,000-square-foot fitness facility. Designed by Goettsch Partners and Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, it is on target to be Chicago’s sixth-tallest building. Situated across from historic Holy Name Cathedral, One Chicago Square will offer easy access to the shopping of North Michigan Avenue; the galleries of River North; cultural gems such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Driehaus Museum; and some of the city’s best dining, from classics like Les Nomades, NoMI Kitchen, Spiaggia and Topolobampo, to newbies Radio Anago and Pacific Standard Time.

Inspired by the success of the award-winning Grant Place Townhomes (the design was repeatedly praised for respecting the aesthetics and character of Lincoln Park), Sulo Development called on the same firm, Sullivan Goulette & Wilson Architects, for its latest development in the area. Named after the tree-lined street four of its five townhomes faces, Menomonee Row is just steps from the Lincoln Park Zoo and offers many of the benefits of a luxury single-family home, without the upkeep. Ranging from 4,000- to 4,500-square-feet, each of the homes has its own personal entrance, private attached underground garage and outdoor space. Inside, finishes and layouts were overseen by designer Mia Rao of Mia Rao Design and feature traditional details, such as custom built-ins, fireplaces with full-height millwork, crown molding and cement tiles in the powder rooms, juxtaposed with modern elements, such as kitchens by Bovelli Custom Millwork with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and master bathrooms with freestanding tubs and Kohler fixtures. Hardwood flooring is featured throughout the well-appointed spaces. From $2,399,000, Mark Icuss and Tim Sheahan,;

Spacious floor plans, Snaidero kitchens and a coveted neighborhood close to the city’s top schools make 445 Arlington a hot commodity.

With a facade echoing the classic good looks of substantial row houses and contemporary interiors that speak eloquently to today’s lifestyle, this Booth Hansen-designed offering from Boutique Properties epitomizes city-living on a chicly sensible scale. Situated in East Lincoln Park, these eight light-filled three- and four-bedroom units (only two per floor) offer garage parking and commodious outdoor space. The open-plan living and dining spaces (grounded by 5-inch hardwood plank flooring) make for easy entertaining, while the carefully considered bedroom areas are nestled in privacy. The generous laundry rooms are a joy, and the done-to-the-nines kitchens are outfitted with luxury Italian cabinetry from Snaidero, Carrara marble or quartz countertops, Hansgrohe fixtures, Sub-Zero fridges and Wolf ranges. From $1,370,000, Erin Mandel,

Fifteen Fifty on the Park offers restful views and relaxed living in the heart of the city.

The architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz has made its mark on the skyline with such residential towers as The Legacy at Millennium Park. One of its latest, Fifteen Fifty on the Park, is a project of Golub & Co. and CIM Group (the team behind the redevelopment of Tribune Tower) and is a more low-scale affair—but certainly not low-profile. Situated on North Clark Street across from the Chicago History Museum, the 10-story building—which incorporates the brick and terra-cotta facade of the 102-year-old Village Theatre—is poised to become a new neighborhood landmark. Clad in scored masonry punctuated with massive windows and topped by a trellis, the property houses 32 handsomely orchestrated residences and most offer terraces or private patios. The interiors, created by Gary Lee Partners, are spun around a choice of soothing color themes: Champagne, Bronze or Titanium. And when it comes to form and function, the finishes and fixtures—from Kallista Soltiere sinks with built-in teak cutting boards and Dornbracht single-lever mixers in the kitchen, to Lacava fixtures and Kohler Tea-for-Two cast-iron bathtubs in master bathrooms—hit all the right notes. From $1,625,000, D. Waveland Kendt,