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‘Live, Work, Play’ at Optima Chicago Center in Streeterville

July 30, 2014

A lifestyle trend in some European cities, Optima Chicago Center is bringing the live, work, play lifestyle to prestigious Streeterville, just a block off Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile at 200 E. Illinois Avenue, on the northeast corner of Illinois and St. Clair Streets.

The 42-story building was designed by David Hovey and constructed by Optima, Inc., his development company as a joint venture between Optima, Inc. and DeBartolo Development. The building includes 325 luxury residences, 235 parking spaces, extensive recreational amenities and offices to rent. The building also has pet-friendly floors.

“With more than 80 percent of the residences leased, Optima Chicago Center is exceeding expectations for a complete residential community in the heart of the city,” said David Hovey, FAIA, nationally-known award-winning architect and owner of Optima, Inc., the developer. “Within the building and around the neighborhood, residents have an ideal environment for the live, work, play environment that has proven so popular.”

Optima Chicago Center offers truly carefree living with every convenience and recreational opportunity.

“Resident conveniences include concierge service, June’s dry cleaners, a Mid America Bank branch and Texas de Brazil, an authentic Brazilian-American steakhouse that will open within six to nine months,” said Eric Richards, Vice President of Optima Real Estate, Inc. “And, for those who wish to have an office for their business in the building, we are opening new office spaces due to popular demand.”

A striking lobby with a landscaped entry is the control center for a 24-hour doorman, 24-7 monitored access, internet and video surveillance. The lobby is a soaring 20-foot space with a sculptured fire–engine red, high-gloss surface, created by laser-cut perforated metallic steel panels and contrasting granite flooring. The building also includes an enclosed parking garage, with bicycle and motorcycle parking plus residential storage units. On-site management is provided. More than 17,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space is available and interested businesses can visit the website for more information.

Renters at upscale addresses desire plentiful creature comforts and these have been provided at Optima Chicago Center, the beauty of the location and the many opportunities for leisure-time fun are attracting many people to the building,” Richards said. “We host a variety of residents’ events to help people get to know one another and enjoy the recreational facilities. Recently, we hosted the finals of the World Cup Soccer match between Argentina and Germany, and 70 residents attended and celebrated with German and Argentine food, compliments of Optima, Inc. We’ll host another party for the Air and Water Show in August which will be viewed from our sky deck.

“In addition, the Streeterville Chamber of Commerce recently opened in the building, and other activities include “Breakfast-on the Run” held at the residents’ club, excursions to baseball games and other special events, fireworks twice a week at Navy Pier and other gatherings and celebrations. We’re adding exercise classes, yoga and Bollywood dancing to an ever-growing list of things to do. The facilities within the building are so extensive, they are situated on three floors,” he said.

The 10th floor includes a fitness center, with basketball shooting area, flexible studio, men’s and women’s locker rooms and steam rooms. A spectacular indoor 15-meter swimming pool and hydro-therapy pool can be converted to an outdoor environment by opening sliding glass doors. The 32nd floor Residents Club boasts an inviting lounge with dining tables, designer pool table and table tennis table, service bar where morning coffee and tea service is offered, and both east- and west-facing terraces with seating and grills.

The club level also has a fully equipped conference room with state-of-the-art audio/visual systems, two private catering kitchens available for private business or social gatherings. A guest residence is available for guests of those who rent residential or office space in the building.

The 42nd floor green roof sky garden features panoramic views and a landscaped path leading to a sundeck with lounge chairs, a hydro-therapy pool, fire pits and grilling stations.

With its 95 percent walkability rating, Optima Chicago Center overlooks a quiet island and linear park and offers views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, Tribune Tower and other iconic buildings. Shopping and dining along Michigan Avenue, concerts at Millennium Park, nightlife at River North, swimming and sunbathing at Oak Street beach and boat rides on the Chicago River are a sampling of the recreational opportunities.

The residences include floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious rooms and upscale appointments. Deluxe kitchens with European-style wood cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops and plenty of storage are enhanced by the bamboo floors, natural stone and neutral finishes. A collection of convertibles, one- two- and three-bedroom units are still available but some types are going fast, including residences on the pet-friendly floors.

A new one-bedroom model plus several other models are now on display. Plans include convertible units, priced from the $2,400s a month; one-bedroom plans from $2,700 monthly; two-bedroom plans from the $3,600s monthly; and three-bedroom plans from the low-$5,000s. In addition, a limited-time incentive is offered, with two months free on a 14-month lease.

Optima, Inc. has been developing, designing and building urban and suburban mixed-use, luxury multi-family residential communities in Chicago and Phoenix/Scottsdale for over three decades. Each project is distinctive and customized to its physical location with shared aesthetics that have become a hallmark of David C. Hovey, FAIA, company founder, president and award-winning architect. Optima, Inc. is structured to perform every function of the building process from land acquisition, general construction, design, marketing, leasing and management of each of its projects. The company name signified Hovey’s vision of a new approach to residential housing by optimizing development, designed to accommodate the contemporary needs of people in an urban environment. He is responsible for the design of all Optima projects and is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). His work has been widely published and exhibited, and he has been honored with numerous awards for his architecturally significant designs of single-family homes, condominiums and rental buildings.

Leasing is underway, and interested persons can visit www.optimachicago.com or call (312) 527-0800 for more information. Also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Luxury living part of 'live,work,play' lifestyle at Optima Chicago Center.

Luxury living part of 'live,work,play' lifestyle at Optima Chicago Center.


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