Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off
Mar28

Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off

People looking for a place to live in Lake View are getting another choice.  Optima, the nameplate behind residential developments from Streeterville to Wilmette, has topped off its newest building: Optima Lakeview. March, 2021 rendering of Optima Lakeview (Courtesy of Optima) The apartment building replaces the neighborhood’s Treasure Island grocery store, which expired in 2018.  The seeds for this new building were...

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Optima Plan is the Most Murray Thing To Happen to Wilmette Since Bill
Nov23

Optima Plan is the Most Murray Thing To Happen to Wilmette Since Bill

The north shore village that was the home of both definitive Moses, Charlton Heston; and Assistant-to-the-General-Manager, Dwight Schrute, will soon be the home of a new apartment building. November 2020 rendering of 1210 Central Avenue (Courtesy of Optima) Up-lake neighbor, Optima has been given permission to put up 109 new homes over 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail at 1210 Central Avenue.   The residences will be in one-,...

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Chicago Skyscraper Developers Adjust to Work-From-Home Era
Oct26

Chicago Skyscraper Developers Adjust to Work-From-Home Era

We love working from home the way a Sox fan loves a bar fight.  But not everyone has the luxury of a private balcony from which they can watch a hawk disassemble a pigeon on the roof of the Bankers Building during a Zoom meeting. Some Chicago developers are making changes to their buildings in order to make them more attractive to those who find themselves suddenly without offices or classrooms. The latest is NEMA Chicago, the...

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This is the Optima Time to Build in Lakeview
Oct06

This is the Optima Time to Build in Lakeview

Construction is underway at Optima Lakeview, the new apartment building slotting in to the space where the Treasure Island supermarket used to be on Broadway in Lake View. Optima Lakeview will bring 198 new homes to the neighborhood in a seven-story building from — you guessed it — Optima, up in Glencoe. Rendering of Optima Lakeview. (Courtesy of Optima) The supermarket closed in 2018. Optima Lakeview is scheduled to open in 2022....

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Optima Digs Lakeview at Treasure Island
Jul12

Optima Digs Lakeview at Treasure Island

If you paint the words “Treasure Island” across the broad side of a block wall, it’s only natural to expect someone to start digging there eventually. And that’s exactly what’s happening at 3460 North Broadway, where the Optima Lakeview apartments are going to replace the castaway market. Optima Lakeview under construction (July 2020. Courtesy of Lake View Spy Joel) Lake View Spy Joel took the photograph...

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Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville
Apr11

Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville

Add a partial row of glass curtain to the list of achievements at Part II of the Optima Chicago Center at 220 East Illinois Street in Streeterville. Optima’s own construction crews have been busy on this site since they started pushing dirt around way back in 2014. The Optima II project has a fun firehose to share with you: Developer – Optima Architect – David Hovey Architecture firm – Optima General Contractor...

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Status Update: Optima II
Feb23

Status Update: Optima II

Foundation work continues on the second tower in the miniature downtown development known as Optima Chicago Center. The first tower, a 42-story black and blue glass monolith at 200 East Illinois Street, opened in October of 2013. The second tower, next door at 220 East Illinois, is expected to rise 57 stores into the Streeterville skyline this year. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell visited the construction site...

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