Emerald

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123 S Green Street, Chicago, IL

Emerald
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The eco-friendly Emerald residences in Greektown, Chicago
Building Information
Developer Senco Properties Inc. Harlem Irving Companies New Frontier Companies
Architect Pappageorge Haymes, Ltd.
Management Company FirstService Residential Illinois
Number of Units 212
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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123 S Green Street, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit 48 nearby routes
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning DX - 5
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

With an address of Green Street, it was almost inevitable that the Emerald condominium residences would aspire to become an eco-friendly project. Indeed, not only has the Emerald succeeded in integrating sustainability with luxury living, but it is this very quality for which the project is noted. A two towered high rise residential project, the Emerald replaced a series of ten vintage buildings that were demolished in order to make way for this new development. The Emerald ensured that these vintage buildings did not go to waste, and was able to reuse or recycle 80% of the former buildings’ materials. This commitment continued throughout the construction, as all materials and products were specifically selected to be environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Occupancy began in 2008, and since then, the Emerald has remained one of Chicago’s top green residential buildings.

Location

Found at the crossroads of S Green Street and Monroe Street, the Emerald finds itself in the neighborhood of the West Loop, and specifically in the area of Greektown, Chicago. Created in the 1890s, Greektown was the focal point of many of Chicago’s Greek immigrants, and over the decades the area developed an intense Greek culture. One block west running parallel to Green Street is Halstead Street, along which many of the areas most famous Greek restaurants and bars are located. The area enjoys a thriving nightlife, and today, Greektown is the location for many cultural events, including an annual parade and festival in honor of the neighborhood’s Greek heritage. The population of the neighborhood has steadily become more varied over the years, and today those of Greek descent are no longer the dominant demographic. However, the area itself has not lost its roots, and Greektown is home to the National Hellenic Museum, which is dedicated to educating visitors on Greek history and culture. It should be noted that the popular movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding was partially responsible for popularizing the neighborhood in recent years, despite the fact that the film was actually filmed in Toronto, Canada. [1]

With a Walk Score of 86 out of 100 and a Transit Score of 95 out of 100, residents of the Emerald will find that most of their errands can be accomplished by foot or by transit, thereby negating the need for a car. With a Bike Score of 80 out of 100, cyclists will love the flat grades and many nearby bike lanes. [2]

Construction

The Emerald was developed by Senco Properties Inc. with William Senne as the principle, in a joint partnership with Harlem Irving Companies and New Frontier Companies. The architectural firm of Pappageorge Haymes, Ltd. created the two tower Modernist design, with the interior design of the project’s large atrium lobby by John Robert Wiltgen. The project was announced in a press release in April 2006, construction began in January of 2007, and the project was completed in 2008. Occupancy of the building began later that year. [3]

The Emerald’s two towers are built on a caisson foundation and constructed primarily out of concrete. This extends to the buildings’ exterior facade, which features a design of exposed concrete. The two 12 story towers are connected by a two story atrium lobby that houses Club Emerald, a resident bar and club, the Boardroom, a resident business center, and the Green Room, a resident lounge with a screening area. [4]

Layout and Features

Standing 12 stories at a height of just over 43 meters, the Emerald is a high rise condominium residence that holds 212 apartments within its two towers. These two towers are connected by a two story atrium lobby designed by John Robert Wiltgen. Apartments within the Emerald come in one or two bedroom units ranging in size from 765 to 1,297 square feet, and there are six different floor plans from which to choose. There are many features of the apartments within Emerald, including:

Kitchens

  • Hardwood or Bamboo floorings
  • 42” Euro Upper Cabinets
  • Stainless steel or granite countertops
  • Stainless steel double bowl sinks
  • Grohe faucets
  • Stainless steel appliances

Bathrooms

  • Natural Stone or ceramic floorings
  • Natural Stone or ceramic soaking tubs and shower enclosures
  • Natural Stone or cultured marble vanities
  • Bath cabinets
  • Grohe faucets
  • Wall mounted LCD televisions

Living spaces

  • Hardwood or Bamboo floorings
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Balconies with every unit (select units have a second Bistro balcony)
  • Unobstructed city views
  • Wall to wall carpeting in the bedrooms
  • Solid exterior doors that feature brushed chrome hardware
  • In suite laundry hook ups
  • Vinyl floorings in the utility closets
  • Wired for television, telephone, Cat 5, and security systems
  • Central Hot Water Tank
  • 4 Pipe Fan Coil Heating and Cooling Systems

[5]

Floor Plans

Floor plans for The Emerald can be found on the Emerald's website. [6]

Amenities

Residents of the Emerald enjoy many luxury amenities, including:

  • 24 hour Doorman
  • 1,500 square foot fitness center
  • Club Emerald resident bar
  • Boardroom business Center
  • Green Room resident lounge with screening area
  • Heated Parking garage with 104 spaces
  • Receiving Room
  • Storage facilities

[7]

Bylaws

Emerald Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • This building is pet friendly.
  • This building allows rentals.
  • There are no age restrictions in this building.


Sustainability

Given its location on Green Street in Chicago, it comes as little surprise that the Emerald towers were built to be eco-friendly. This project’s green living focus began even before groundbreaking, as over 80% of the material from the buildings that were torn down to make room for the Emerald were recycled or reused. The Emerald’s long list of green initiatives includes:

  • Using environmentally responsible materials such as bamboo floorings, low-VOC paint products, and recycled fiber fabrics
  • All marketing materials were printed on recycled paper with soy inks
  • Installing energy efficient 4 pipe heating and cooling systems
  • Using flooring to ceiling windows to let in lots of natural light and installing highly energy efficient window panes
  • Using recycled materials and eco-friendly LED lighting systems in the building’s lobby

[8]

Trivia

  • According to the Emerald’s project manager, Jim Snyder, the concrete that was left over from the demolition of the buildings previously occupying the Emerald’s site eventually remained on site. It was crushed down and used as backfill for the Emerald’s foundation. [9]
  • In 2007, Chicago Agent Magazine’s members voted the Emerald as the top Eco-Friendly Community in Chicago. [10]

References

  1. Wikipedia - Greektown, Chicago
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emerald Press Release
  4. Emporis
  5. Emerald Official Site
  6. Emerald Official Site
  7. Emerald Official Site
  8. Emerald Press Release
  9. Dreamtown
  10. Emerald Press Release

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