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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Anna Chlumsky

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cloclwise, from below left: The Lofts at River East offer appealing alternatives to downtown high-rises with amenities like high timber ceilings, spacious layouts, and a riverside setting. If someone mentions "city living," towering, impersonal high-rises are one of the first things that spring to mind— particularly in Streeterville, which is chockablock with them. Then there's The Lofts at River East. At just six stories tall, but with an incredibly expansive nearly 550,000 square feet, this residential building is unlike any other mid-rise in the city. Born in 1905 as the city's former product exhibition center and pier, the structure's prime location, proximity to the Chicago River, and the subdued elegance of the expected finished product inspired its new life, says Bill O'Kane, owner of building developer Group Fox. "We worked with what the building gave us; it was built that way, over 100 years ago," he notes. "The building is quite wide, so larger units were a natural result." The property is the only loft-style apartment building in Streeterville, and with loft layouts come higher ceilings, brick interior walls, and timber beams through- out. Another feature that sets the residences apart are their NanaWalls, which help create indoor/outdoor living space and stellar views for the apartments with balco- nies, which jut out over the Ogden Slip. "It creates an amazing living experience that you cannot find anywhere else in the city," says Liz Pietka, managing broker and VP of market- ing, who adds that The Lofts at River East is the first apartment building in The LofTs aT RiveR easT bRing expansive LuxuRy Living To sTReeTeRviLLe. By Stephanie SimS LOFTY AMBITIONS 150 SPACE Haute ProPert y

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