Construction Update
Time To Get A Slice of The Sinclair

If our story three years ago showing The Sinclair residential tower represented as a layer cake had you salivating, there’s good news.  You can soon live inside the confection of your dreams.

A Sinclair-shaped cake (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

A Sinclair-shaped cake from the December, 2014 groundbreaking. More developers should do this. (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

Pre-leasing has begun at The Sinclair, the 35-story residential tower Fifield is putting up at 1201 North LaSalle Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  This coincides with the topping-out (topping-off?) of the SCB design that replaces a worn out Jewel-Osco supermarket with a shiny new Jewel-Osco snuggled underneath 390 units of luxury rental living.

Not too long ago, this corner of the city could be nicely described as “struggling,” or more accurately described as “urine stained.”  But with this new residential tower, the new supermarket, and the CTA’s new Red Line Clark/Division subway station, the area is seeing a marked turnaround.

Want to know more?  (We know you do.) Check out the press release following the images.

Fifield Tops Off The Sinclair Luxury Apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Begins Pre-Leasing

390-unit apartment tower at LaSalle and Division streets will deliver in late summer 2017

CHICAGO – Earlier this week, Fifield Realty Corp. celebrated the topping off and the start of pre-leasing for The Sinclair Apartments, the developer’s new 35-story, 390-unit luxury rental tower in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.

With first move-ins scheduled for August 2017, The Sinclair will offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, along with four-bedroom penthouses, ranging from approximately 500 to 2,600-plus square feet. Monthly rents will range from $1,900 for a studio to $13,870 for a four-bedroom penthouse. Adjacent to the building at its ground level will be a new 58,000-square-foot flagship Jewel-Osco, which residents will be able to access via a sky bridge.

“There’s magic in the air,” said Randy Fifield, chairman of Fifield Realty Corp. as she addressed a crowd of city officials, business partners and future residents at The Sinclair’s topping-off event on Tuesday, March 28. Even a flash mob appeared to celebrate the building’s milestone. “The Sinclair is about luxury living in Chicago and we’ve made that easier.”

In her remarks to the crowd, Fifield honored the many women employed and retained by Fifield Realty Corp. to work on The Sinclair, highlighting the fact that few construction sites could claim such a high percentage of female leadership for a project. She spoke of women leaders acting as “custodians of wellness” for The Sinclair and the Gold Coast neighborhood, assuring that unit layouts, finishes, amenities, services and programming fit the needs of the residents and the community.

Agreeing with Fifield that The Sinclair will be an asset to the neighborhood was 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. “The energy is positive here for a reason,” Hopkins told attendees. “Fifield Cos. once again gets it right. They did two things that I, as an elected official, always look for in a development proposal: they took something that was here already and made it better, and they took something brand new and ran with it.”

Construction on The Sinclair, designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) with McHugh Construction as the general contractor, commenced in December 2015. The development will now enter interior build-out, also designed by SCB. Unit amenities will include luxury finishes such as plank flooring; quartz countertops; Grohe Concetto faucets; frameless glass shower doors; Mick De Giulio-inspired kitchens with maple-finish soft-close cabinets, marble porcelain backsplash and GE stainless steel appliances; Nest programmable thermostats; and oversized windows with views of downtown and Lake Michigan. Select units will also feature private balconies and walk-in closets.

In reference to The Sinclair’s amenities, Fifield said “Outside there will be alfresco dining and a 35,000-square-foot deck, so we’re counting on a wedding or something really fabulous to happen up there.”

The Sinclair’s deck will also offer residents an outdoor pool, spa and sun terrace, cabanas, a fire pit, outdoor grilling kitchens with intimate seating areas, a dog run and views of Lake Michigan. Other building amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness club with a separate yoga studio and private physical therapy studio; screening room with surround sound; resident’s lounge with demonstration kitchen; business center and conference room with screening capability; coffee bar; bicycle kitchen; a 24-hour concierge; and a secured-access parking garage. Situated in the heart of the Gold Coast, The Sinclair is blocks from many popular Gold Coast dining, shopping, cultural and nightlife destinations, as well as parks, schools and the lake. The building is just steps away from the CTA’s Red Line Division station and bus stops, offering convenient transit access to all areas of the city.

Steve Fifield, chairman of Fifield Cos., paid special tribute during the topping-off event to the city, SCB, McHugh Construction, Fifield’s in-house construction team and his wife Randy, for completing a 35-story building in just 19 months.

“Randy working with SCB and Mick De Giulio has produced the best product we’ve ever built,” said Fifield. “And of course I think we picked the right neighborhood to do it in because I think people here will really appreciate it.”

For a limited time, The Sinclair is offering special pre-leasing pricing. The Sinclair leasing center is located at 1221 N. LaSalle St., #308 and showcases kitchen, bath and flooring finishes. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (312) 288-2683 to schedule an appointment or visit

Location: 1201 North LaSalle Street, Gold Coast

Author: Editor

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