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Featured Building: John Hancock Center

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Completed in 1970, the John Hancock Center stands as one of the most celebrated addresses for both condominium residents and businesses. With its solid steel construction, significant architecture and spectacular views of four states, this building's presence in the Chicago skyline is an american icon.

Gold Coast Area and John Hancock Center at Night
The John Hancock Center is likely the second most identifiable building in the Chicago after the Sears Tower. It is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the nation. Not only does it provide residents with some of the best views in the city, but its central location makes it a prime address too. Located at the northern end of Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, the Hancock Center is situated in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood.

The Gold Coast is part of Chicago's Near North Side community, with rough boundaries at North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street. The Gold Coast was established after the Great Chicago Fire when, in 1882, millionaire Potter Palmer moved to the area and built the Palmer Mansion, a 42 room mansion resembling a castle designed by Henry Ives Cobb and Charles Sumner Frost. Other wealthy Chicago residents followed Potter into the neighborhood, which became one of the wealthiest in Chicago.

In the late 1980s, the Gold Coast was the second most affluent neighborhood in the United States, behind Manhattan's Upper East Side. Today, the neighborhood is a mixture of mansions, row houses, and high-rise apartments. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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John Hancock Center - A band of white lights on the 99th floor of the building is visible across Chicago at night and changes colors for different events, such as Chicago-area sports teams' colors and Christmas time colors.

Legacy at Millennium Park - The Legacy addresses sustainability by adding density to downtown without taking even one square foot of ground level space. 356 residences in a suburban area would take up approximately 150 acres for the houses alone and with the roads and other infrastructure.

Aqua - From a distance, the curved and swerving balconies of Aqua gives this building an appearance of rippling water, unlike the square rectilinear buildings that Chicago is usually known for.

Bristol - 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.

Library Tower - Library Tower is located in the Printers Row neighborhood just south of the Loop, Chicago's downtown core. It has easy access to the elevated, also called the L, which is the rapid transit system servicing the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

Winchester at Belmont Harbor - The Winchester at Belmont Harbor will be a 12-storey concrete condominium, with two sides of the building facing major roads. The center orientation of the building to the corner of the conjoining streets will create a triangular-oriented building.

Fordham - Looking over the Holy Name Cathedral on a tree-lined street, just steps away from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, The Fordham melds the charisma of vintage elegance with a host of cosmopolitan amenities.

Water Tower Place - The Water Tower Place skyscraper is a sleek concrete high-rise building containing 74 floors and 260 condominium units. It was the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world in 1975. It stands as the eighth tallest building in Chicago.

Superior 110 - The glass tower sits atop a concrete commercially used base of seven levels that is a wide caisson foundation. Residences begin at the seventh level with balconies and a more residential appearance.

Vetro - Vetro, which translated from Italian means, glass. The building was named because of the unique use of blue tinted glass to cover the entire exterior of the condominium.



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