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25 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL


The Fordham
Building Information
Developer Fordham Company
Architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Number of Units 229
Number of Floors 52
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
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25 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 transit options nearby
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD 726
Title of Land Condominium



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. The elegant 50 story tower is home to one to three bedroom condominiums, six 11th floor town homes and ten exclusive penthouses. The Fordham is one of the most impressive residential buildings in, not only River North, but all of Chicago.

Front Entry at The Fordham
The upper-class Cathedral District on the north side of the Chicago River is home to The Fordham and its upscale residents. The neighborhood is a mix of old world charm and modern cosmopolitan life with 19th century churches and 21st century high rises existing side by side. In addition to Holy Name, the area is home to St. James Cathedral as well as the Fourth Presbyterian Church, a Gothic structure reminiscent of a monastery.

The area is also a few blocks away from Washington Square where one finds the Newberry Library and the Scottish Rite Cathedral (once the famous Unity Church but now a Masonic facility).[1]

Expansion of the railroad to the north branch of the Chicago river in the 1880s brought a flow of activity to the Near North Side. By the late 1800s, the north bank of the Chicago River was a heavily industrialized region that was home to a community of Irish and Sicilian immigrant workers. The high level of industrialization caused dreadful pollution and the area was thus nicknamed "Smokey Hollow."

Following the second world war, manufacturing activity in the neighborhood tapered off and many of the factories emptied of industrious workers and were converted into dormant storerooms and warehouses. The resulting warehouse district remained until the 1970s, when the need for warehouses faded to nearly zero. After the multitude of storehouses were shut down, the neighborhood was left with a sprawling collection of vacant buildings that were no longer useful.

The large, open layouts of the abandoned structures proved to be a perfect fit for creative pursuits. The host of empty warehouse space was a draw to artists, writers and architects who flocked to the area in search of studio and loft space. Today, River North remains an art center for the city due to its core population of artistically talented residents and large number of gallery showrooms.


The Trump Hotel and Tower
The Fordham’s Cathedral District location is an enclave of cathedrals and a Mecca of retail shops that offer the excitement of the city at its doorstep. Residents can shop designer boutiques along the Magnificent Mile, dine at four-star restaurants, sample the eclectic nightlife and take in the cultural flavor of the world class city that is Chicago. Nearby River North is home to over 85 galleries, quaint dining, live entertainment, unique shopping and sophisticated clubs. With so much to offer, The Fordham is among Chicago’s classic addresses.

Located at the corner of East Superior Street and North Wabash Avenue, it’s two blocks west of the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s preeminent shopping and nightlife area.

Across the Chicago River from the Loop, River North is an urban neighborhood with a well established art community, ripe with galleries, production companies, photography studios and interior designers, as well as some of Chicago's most notable architecture. The renowned Wrigley Building, with its sensational, white terra-cotta facade and elaborate upper-level stone work, glows brightly at the southern tip of River North.

Another stand out is the Trump Hotel & Tower was built on the site of the old Chicago Sun Times building in 2009. The lofty 92 storey building, which reaches a height of 1,389 feet (423 m) including its spire, is a typically posh Trump styled addition to the area for River North residents who want to live in the lap of luxury. The pioneering for its time Marina City, also known as the Corn Cob Towers, was was constructed in the 1960s. It combined living space and convenient services into a mini-city contained within the complex, a concept regularly incorporated in today's modern planned developments but ahead of its time when designed in 1959 .[2]


The concrete, postmodern structure was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates Inc. (SCB), The Fordham condominium is a showcase of their expertise. AMEC Construction Co., the contractor formerly known as Morse Diesel, has built a number of prominent skyscrapers including the Sears Tower. Ground breaking began in 2001 and was completed in January of 2003. The building features six luxurious town homes situated on the 11th floor sundeck. The town homes face a private courtyard on top of the parking garage and each is also equipped with its own elevator.

The top of the building evokes the chateauesque skyscrapers and homes of the early 20th Century, with intersecting hip roofs, dormer windows, setbacks, and iron finials. The Fordham is located between Chicago's Roman Catholic and Episcopal cathedrals and the building's exterior color is finished to match the limestone used in both churches.[3]

The building was developed by the Fordham Company, founded in 1988 by Christopher T. Carley. It is one of the Midwest’s premier developers of high-end residences. Renowned for their luxurious finishes and five star amenities. The Fordham Company’s management has developed more than 16,000 residences. The company’s three most recent Chicago properties The Fordham, The Pinnacle and 65 East Goethe exemplify its trademark flair and have established Fordham as the city’s foremost high end developer.[4]

Layout and Features

Each spacious home at The Fordham features soaring ceilings, expansive windows framing beautiful city views, private terraces and gas fireplaces accented with finely crafted marble and wood finishes. With its rich materials and cavernous interiors, The Fordham channels the elite residences of the Gold Coast’s golden age and carries forward Chicago’s proud architectural heritage.

Most apartments feature gourmet kitchens with Subzero, Miele and Thermodor appliances and granite counter tops. Marble adorns bathrooms and many sport jacuzzi tubs.

Floor Plans

The Fordham features a number of different floor plans and sizes ranging from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom penthouses and town homes.


The Fordham is distinguished by its wide range of amenities. The building has 24 hour security, doorman service and concierge. Amenities to make your life in the Fordham more comfortable include: An outdoor garden terrace and sundeck, wine cellar with private storage and lounge, lounge with a humidor room, indoor swimming pool, health club and exercise facility, private theatre, spa, business center with conference facilities, dog walk, bike room, dry cleaning, receiving room, management office, maid and room service and additional secured resident storage.

The Fordham's entertainment room allows residents to host large gatherings in style. Expansive windows open onto a beautifully landscaped terrace for a seamless flow of indoor and outdoor entertaining. The room comfortably seats 55 and is equipped with a full-service kitchen.

Health-conscious homeowners will enjoy The Fordham's in-house exercise facility with state-of-the-art cardio-fitness and universal weight training equipment. Mounted televisions add an entertainment component to the mix.

The climate-controlled humidor room offers residents a safe home for their cigars and a lounge, with television, where they can enjoy them. Humidor cabinets are 12"x12"x12", handcrafted of American cherry and lined with Spanish cedar.

The Fordham sports separate women's and men's sauna rooms for privacy and serenity. A private spa treatment room is available by reservation for resident's personal health and beauty services.

The Fordham's spacious 18 seat screening room features a ceiling mounted Sony video projection system and 110 inch screen. Custom acoustic panels and a powerful surround-sound speaker system deliver an authentic cinema experience. A touch screen wall unit controls each component of this sophisticated entertainment system and a kitchenette directly behing the viewing area allows easy access to refreshments.

The Fordham residents have access to temperature controlled, private wine storage cabinets. Residents and guests can enjoy wine tasting at their leisure in the wine cellar of the lower level lounge, which includes a bar/kitchenette and television. Wine cabinet capacity varies.


Fordham Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

The Fordham allows rental of units and does not restrict the age of residents.

Pets are allowed with certain restrictions and the building also has an in-house dog run, as well as pet care services.


The Fordham was not built as a "green" building.

Residents can live a greener lifestyle by doing things such as switching to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycling as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

The wealth of shops, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues nearby mean that nearly all day to day errands can be accomplished on foot with a Walk Score rating of 97/100 making this a walkers paradise.

Easy availability of more than 40 transit routes and car shares nearby mean that car ownership can be optional for residents.[5]


Actor John Cusack
  • In 2005, actor John Cusack paid $2.9 million for a 45th-floor condo in the Fordham. [6]
  • The neighborhood is home to the Green Door Tavern which has been around since 1921 and is housed in a rare wood structure, built after the Great Fire of 1871 before strict city ordinances banned the use of wood building materials.
  • Another area favourite is the Baton Show Lounge, known for its Vegas-style review of showbiz's famous actresses and singers like Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Cher, complete with feathers, makeup, wigs and stilettos. Performances are by burlesque female impersonators and it's difficult to tell some of these lovely ladies are actually men. However, that's part of the humorous attraction to the sometimes raunchy, laugh-out-loud performance.
  • The Magnificent Mile is home to the Lego Store with its incredible larger-than-life LEGO® constructions right outside. Everyone is welcome to dig into the bins and build their own original creations inside.


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  4. Fordham Company
  5. Walk Score
  6. Wall Street Journal

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