The Sinclair is Now Officially Open for Business

One of the most dramatic transformations in recent Gold Coast history has been pulled off by Fifield Companies, Jewel-Osco, and SCB.

The Sinclair (Photo: Jeff Schear/Fifield Companies)

The Sinclair (Photo: Jeff Schear/Fifield Companies)

The Sinclair (1201 North LaSalle Street) had its grand opening this week, welcoming an estimated 1,201 guests to the new residential tower that now stands where a vaguely scary, certainly run-down Jewel-Osco glowered just a few years ago.

Even the Gold Coast has gritty corners, and this was one of the grittiest.  But the plan replacing the dodgy supermarket with shiny new apartments, combined with the CTA’s extensive rebuilding of the adjacent Red Line subway station, has changed the character of this morsel of Chicagoland.

The 35-story building brings 390 new homes to the neighborhood, all within biking distance of the Loop, walking distance of the lake, and shouting distance of the CTA’s main north-south artery.  But, please.  Don’t shout.  It’s still the Gold Coast.

And being the Gold Coast, a 500-square-foot studio will run you $1,900 a month.  The four-bedroom penthouse is about the same as a Fiat 500.

Press release after the photos.


More Than 1,200 Guests Celebrate the Grand Opening of The Sinclair Apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast

Friends, colleagues, partners and neighbors enjoyed two days of exclusive events at the 390-unit uber-luxury apartment high-rise

CHICAGO – Fifield Realty Corp., the development arm of Chicago-based Fifield Cos., celebrated the grand opening of its newest luxury rental tower, The Sinclair, last week with two days of events, which took place at the community on Sept. 19 and 20. Located at 1201 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago’s Gold Coast, the 35-story, 390-unit apartment tower, which includes 35,000 square feet of amenity space, is already 30 percent leased.

“The grand opening of The Sinclair ushers in a new standard of uber-luxury, spa-style living in the Gold Coast that people have been waiting for,” said Randy Fifield, chairwoman of Fifield Realty Corp. “It’s not an easy task to raise the bar on services and interior spaces in a neighborhood that is known for its grandeur and elegance, but we embraced the challenge and created something spectacular.”

The two-evening event celebrated the opening of the building’s six model apartments, furnished and decorated by Morgante Wilson Architects, Brianne Bishop Design, Michael Richman Interiors, Cort Furniture, Brook Furniture, and Modani Furniture, with attendees voting on their favorite model. Morgante Wilson won the design contest on Tuesday evening and Michael Richman won on Wednesday evening. Brianne Bishop was recognized for “Best Design for the Single Girl.”

Guests were also treated to pop-up displays of men’s and women’s fall fashions from Trunk Club, with a $100 raffle each night; paddleboard yoga hosted by Chicago SUP; chair massages, a juice bar and equipment demonstrations by LulaFit; a signature cocktail; and hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Mon Ami Gabi, Café Ba-Ba-Reeba and Catering by Michael’s. Perillo BMW and Bentley Gold Coast luxury car dealerships showcased new automobiles at the building’s entrance.

The grand opening events were also a time for Fifield Realty Corp. to honor the many female employees and consultants who worked on The Sinclair, including Patty McHugh, president of McHugh Construction; Elissa Morgante, co-principal of Morgante Wilson Architects; and Sheyla Conforte, leader of the interior design practice at Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB).

“The success of The Sinclair is due in large part to the high-achieving team of female professionals who worked on this project,” said Fifield. “Thanks to the collaboration of SCB, McHugh Construction and all our design, finance, leasing and construction partners, The Sinclair offers residents the very best in service, craftsmanship and design.”

“This is the third time we’ve decorated a model for one of Randy and Steve’s buildings and each time it’s an inspiring process to deliver a model that reflects the sophistication, comfort and modernity that are hallmarks of a Fifield building,” said Elissa Morgante, co-principal of Morgante Wilson Architects. “Randy’s style and passion for exceptional design mirrors our firm’s commitment to delivering best-in-class living spaces.”

The Sinclair offers studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences, plus four-bedroom penthouses, ranging in size from 500 to 2,600-plus square feet. Rents range from $1,900 per month for a studio to $13,870 per month for a four-bedroom penthouse. Each unit features plank flooring; quartz countertops; frameless glass shower doors or tubs; Grohe Concetto faucets; and Mick De Giulio-inspired kitchens that include marbled porcelain backsplashes, white soft-close cabinets, and GE stainless steel appliances and range hoods. Apartments also feature Nest programmable thermostats, blackout window shades and oversized windows with views of Lake Michigan and the city’s skyline. Private balconies and walk-in closets are available with certain floor plans.

Residents have access to skyline and lake views from the Gold Coast’s largest amenity deck, featuring an outdoor pool and spa; sun terrace; lounge seating; cabanas; fire pit; outdoor grilling kitchens with intimate dining areas; a bar area with refrigerator, sinks and three televisions; gardens; and an 850-square-foot dog run.

Indoor amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness room featuring a Pilates Cadillac Reformer, Power Plate, and separate yoga and private physical therapy studios; 5.1-surround sound screening room; resident lounge with chef’s demonstration kitchen; business center and conference room; dog spa; Starbuck’s coffee bar; bicycle kitchen; 24-hour concierge; and secure-access garage. The Sinclair’s amenity spaces showcase notable artwork from renowned artists such as Alexander Calder, Peter Tunney, Ryland Arnoldi and WRAPPED, Damien Hirst and Frank Stella.

Residents are close to all restaurants, boutiques, nightlife and entertainment available in the Gold Coast. The building is also steps from the CTA’s Red Line Division station and nearby bus stops, providing easy access to the Loop, additional transit lines, Midway and O’Hare International airports and neighborhoods all over the city. Adjacent to The Sinclair is a new 58,000-square-foot flagship Jewel Osco grocery store, which connects to the tower via a sky bridge that is exclusive to residents.

The Sinclair’s leasing office 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) 260-3712 or visit





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