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Architecture Trend: Residential Conversion

In the past few years, Chicago developers have been getting a little more creative with their residential conversion projects as vacancy has become more and more precious. It’s nothing new: taking an old commercial building and revamping it into modern living space has been an ongoing trend for cities for the past century. The difference now is that developers are choosing more unique spaces for these revamps, as well as the amount of instances of these one-of-a-kind properties. Everyone knows of one or two converted firehouses, but Chicago planners are scooping up old banks, churches, and warehouses for residential conversion as well.


The Chicago-based Cedar Street Companies announced that they plan to convert a synagogue and Loop office building into residential spaces. This particular company has been busy in recent years rehabilitating notable structures across Chicago, like their current restoration of the Bush Temple of Music and the recently approved plan to renovate the Wilson Avenue Theatre.


From Curbed Chicago:

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First up is the Agudas Achim Synagogue located at 5029 N. Kenmore Avenue in Uptown. Included on Preservation Chicago’s 2015 list of most threatened buildings, the 1922 structure was acquired in April for $1.25 million, according to Crain’s. The project represents Cedar Street’s first foray into adapting religious buildings and, though dividing the temple’s large stained glass-lined sanctuary into smaller dwelling units presents a unique architectural challenge, the firm is confident that it can find a creative solution that also respects the history of the site. The developer has yet to reveal exact unit count or if the units will be offered as rentals or condos.

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Meanwhile, the 12-story Hartman Building at 30 E. Adams is also set to receive the Cedar Street treatment after being acquired by the firm for $14.3 million. Designed by Alfred Alschuler — the same architect behind the London Guarantee & Accident Building that was recently reborn as theLondonHouse hotel — the Loop office building first opened 1925 and is perhaps best known as the longtime home of Miller’s Pub. While the classic downtown watering hole will remain in place, the Harman Building’s 137,000 square feet of office space will be converted into new apartments. Units will be roughly 500 square feet in size and rent for an estimated $1,600 to $2,200 per month, saysCrain’s. The $40 million conversion project is expected to begin in about nine months and will take between 12 and 18 months to complete.


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SOLD for $7.2 M: 542 W Grant Pl. Is THE Architectural Dream

It’s gone.

Lincoln Park always has some creative spaces to offer but this one, located at 542 W Grant Pl., is definitely a dream home for those who love that edgy/sleek look.

Was $9,250,000, now $8,500,00, this 9,200-square-foot home has 5 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms. 

Plenty of space for parties!

This custom home features mahogany windows, heated terrazzo floors, a beautiful steel and glass staircase, and modern kitchen with updated appliances.

In case you needed another reason as to why this place is cool, General contractor won Custom Home Builder of the Year Award for this Vinci Hamp design.

Check out the home below:




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Simply stunning!

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About Lincoln Park – Choose Chicago:

“In Lincoln Park, Chicago’s motto urbs in horto—or “City in a Garden”—truly comes to life. Historic churches and handsome brick row houses nestled within landmark districts sit next to peaceful parks, while quiet, tree-lined residential areas give way to bustling business corridors.

Armitage Avenue is lined with independent boutiques and high-end retailers; Clark Street is packed with casual cafes, ethnic restaurants and sweet shops that spill out onto the sidewalks during warm weather; and Lincoln Avenue buzzes all night with bars and taverns that cater to the young college crowd from the nearby DePaul University campus. In addition to shopping and dining, Lincoln Park is a diverse arts and entertainment destination as well with a plethora of museums, top theaters and live music clubs to pick from.

For scenery, there’s plenty of natural beauty and outdoors to enjoy. This North Side neighborhood’s namesake park is a sprawling 1,208 acres of green space with a free zoo open year-round, a nature museum and conservatory. And when the weather’s right, head over to the lakefront trail and beaches, where sand and surf are set against a backdrop of downtown skyscrapers.”



Top 10 Tiny Kitchen Design Ideas

Tiny Kitchen Design Ideas

Make the Most of Your Mini Kitchen

Whether you own your home or rent an apartment, Chicago kitchens can be a tight squeeze. No worries though, we have a jam-packed list full of tiny kitchen design ideas for our tiny kitchens. Check out our top 10 (courtesy of ElleDecor)

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1.Tables for Two

Tiny kitchens call for tiny breakfast tables. Try a wrought iron garden table for two with lots of negative space.

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2.Don’t Waste Any Space

Build to the space you’ve got. If you have deep inset appliances, build deeper shelving.

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3.White = Right

Nothing new here: white cabinets and shelving instantly trick your eye into thinking there’s more room.

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4.Keep Cook Books off the Counter

Cluttered countertops make an already small space feel more crowded. Stash those puppies above appliances or on top of shelving.


5.Counter-top Dining

For ultra tiny spaces, grab some chic barstools and forget the dining table all together.


6.Open Shelving

Less is more in our tiny Chicago kitchens. When possible, ditch cabinetry with doors. Keep plates and bowls out on open, raised shelving. (Plus, this gives you incentive to buy stylish platters).


7.Hang Pots and Pans

With limited counter space and storage, sometimes you have to look up. Hanging your pots and pans gives more space and a shabby-chic look.


8.Let there be Light

Adding a sky-light or sheer curtains can instantly add visual space to a tiny kitchen.


9.Artsy Corner

Sometimes our Chicago apartments or homes have quirky layouts left over from old construction. Play up the quirk and utilize the space as a colorful breakfast nook with unique art.


10.Go Skinny

Galley kitchens are common in tiny Chicago apartments. Go for long, narrow islands to make the spaces feel sleek and spacious.


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