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57 East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL


The Bristol
Building Information
Developer Golub & Co.
Architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Number of Units 178
Number of Floors 42
Year Built 2000
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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57 East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Within one quarter of a mile
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD630
Title of Land Condominium



The Bristol, located at 57 East Delaware, is in Chicago’s coveted Gold Coast neighborhood. Stationed at the corner of Rush Street and Delaware Place, the 57 East Delaware apartments are mere steps away from some of the best restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment that Chicago has to offer. Additionally, The Bristol is just one block west of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile for added shopping and dining conveniences.

Front Entrance to The Bristol

The Gold Coast neighborhood developed in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire. In 1882, millionaire Potter Palmer moved to the area from his home in the Prairie Avenue district on the south side of Chicago. He filled in a swampy area which later became Lake Shore Drive, and built his estate there. Other prosperous Chicagoans followed Potter into the neighborhood, which became one of the wealthiest in Chicago. In the late 1980s, the Gold Coast and neighboring Streeterville encompassed the second most affluent area in the United States, with Manhattan's Upper East Side reigning as number one. Today, the neighborhood is a mixture of mansions, row houses, and high rise apartments.

Housing a total of 178 apartments, the amenities to the many residents at 57 East Delaware include a lovely sundeck, a modern fitness center, a steam room, an indoor lap pool and party room. Bike storage and storage lockers are also available to residents and pets are welcomed in the building as well.[1]


The Gold Coast is one of the most highly desirable neighborhoods in Chicago. The area is home to world class shopping, fabulous restaurants, trendy nightlife, and some of the most historic buildings in downtown Chicago. There are also many high end condominiums such as The Bristol in the area.

Convenience is paramount with The Bristol, a mere city block away from world class shopping on the Magnificent Mile. Some of the best designers, boutiques, and brand names call this famous stretch of Michigan Avenue home.

The Bristol is also close to Chicago's business district, making it a reasonable option for residents to walk to work. For those who work in other parts of the city, there is an L train station just three blocks from the building.[2]


Aerial view of The Bristol showing double parallelogram shape

The concrete Bristol stands 488 feet (149 meters) high and was completed in 2000, two years after construction began in 1998. The building has three elevators and 244 parking spots for residents. The Bristol's shape is made up of two overlapping parallelograms, with setbacks at the top. The northwest corner is an acute angle overhanging a rounded corner at the lower levels and topped by a narrow spire.

Tall, slim Bristol

Like many buildings built on some of Chicago's moist and loose soil The Bristol is constructed on a caisson foundation. Of note is that the building has no balconies. The developers assumed that their prospective buyers didn't want them and were apparently correct as the apartments initially sold rapidly. Balconies typically overlay a prison-like layer of metal bars on facades, damaging the prospects for clean and appealing architecture.

Bristol has emulated features from the classic skyscrapers of the 1920s with has a series of setbacks; one occurring at the 9th floor, the other at the 41st; serving to break down its bulk and divide it into a three part composition of base, shaft and top. The tower's apparent bulk is further lessened by its atypical overlapping parallelogram floor plan, resulting in an appearance that looks tall and thin, rather than short and stumpy.

Developed and built by Golub and Company, headquartered in Chicago, a company that has been providing commercial and residential real estate services throughout the United States and across Central and Eastern Europe for 50 years. Golub has developed, owned or managed more than 45 million square feet of commercial space and 50,000 multifamily units within the United States and abroad, with total value exceeding $8 billion.[3] Other notable projects include Chicago's John Hancock Center and Elysian Hotel and Private Residences and The Atrium at Nevsky 25 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Bristol was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), an international architecture, interior design and planning firm based in Chicago. SCB also has offices in San Francisco, California and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Founded in 1931, the firm has been one of the largest contributors to the buildings that make up Chicago's skyline.

SBC has designed approximately 226 buildings worldwide, including 66 office buildings, 102 urban mixed use buildings, 24 retail developments, 27 student residences, and 7 transportation facilities. There work is seen in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tucson, Serbia, Slovakia and Toronto. Examples include the Millennium Center in Vršac, Serbia and The Fordham in Chicago[4]

Layout and Features

The Bristol has one to four bedroom units featuring near floor to ceiling windows and in-suite laundry. The glass in the corners of the living rooms creates dramatic views that add extra appeal for residents.

Cooking appliances are electric (some units have Stainless steel appliance packages) and granite counter tops create modern and functional kitchens.

Each unit comes with tile and hardwood floors and master bathrooms sport a separate shower and luxurious marble soaking bath.

Floor Plans

The Bristol features a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments ranging in size from 1,135 to 2,105 square feet. Several four bedroom penthouses also inhabit the upper floors and provide truly ample living spaces of between 3,500 to 6,700 square feet.


The Bristol also offers a number of top amenities for residents to enjoy. An on site management team can take care of any resident concerns.

A 24 hour doorman service, valet service, a secure entrance, and extra storage are all included at The Bristol.

Residents also enjoy access to a modern and well equipped health club, an indoor pool, sauna, and steam room.

A party room is available to entertain friends and get to know the neighbors.

Outside is a sun deck to relax and enjoy sunshine and fresh air.


Bristol Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

The Bristol is an all ages friendly building.

Pets are allowed with certain restrictions.

Having no balconies, barbecues are not an option for residents.


The Bristol is a modern and attractive building but slightly predates the green movement in construction or LEED certification. Residents may take steps in their own lives to live a more sustainable life.

Residents may make personal lifestyle choices in order to pursue a green lifestyle or just reduce their carbon footprint. Some examples might include:

  • Re-use aluminium foil. Recycling 1kg of aluminium can save up to 8kg of bauxite, the mineral used to make it, as well as 4kg of chemicals and 14 kilowatt hours of electricity.
  • Choose fish wisely. For the best sustainable choice in seafood, look for the Marine Stewardship Council's 'fish tick' label on packaging. For example, New Zealand hoki, South African hake and south west hand-line caught mackerel are good choices. The Marine Conservation Society offers advice about which fish to buy, which to avoid, as does the website, Fish Online.
  • Conserve water. Each year we use more water than we can save, and individuals can improve this situation by being careful in the kitchen. Only boil as much water as you need in the kettle or when cooking vegetables. Wash produce in a bowl rather than under a tap. Only wash full loads in the dishwasher, as these are more water-efficient.[5]


Artists rendering of Tea House at Conners Park
  • The Bristol is built alongside the triangular Connors Park between Rush and Wabash Streets. In April of 2013 a rebuilding of Connors Park was started.
    • The old, mostly concrete park has been jack-hammered away, and in its place a glass pavilion has been erected.
    • The pavilion will house the Argo Tea house.
    • The tea house will operate year round, and be a welcome haven in both hot and cold weather.
    • Even though the park will be run and maintained by Argo, it will still be a public park.
    • Anyone can enjoy the park and pavilion without having to buy anything.[6]
  • In the late 1800s millionaire Potter Palmer, the Chicago Archdiocese and James Charnley (now called the Charnley–Persky House and operated as a museum) all built mansions in the area.
  • Several Museums, including the Children's Museum and Chicago Museum are in the area.


  1. Goldcoast Realty
  2. Best Chicago Condos
  3. Golub and Company
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BBC Good Food
  6. Chicago Architecture

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