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21 East Huron, Chicago, IL


Chicago's The Pinnacle
Building Information
Developer Fordham Company
Architect Lucien Lagrange Architects
Management Company DK Condo
Number of Units 213
Number of Floors 48
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Metal
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21 East Huron, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit More than 40 transit routes nearby
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD606
Title of Land Condominium



Chicago's Pinnacle Condo

The Pinnacle, which overlooks historic St. James Cathedral, continues the traditions established by it's posh cousin The Fordham, a block to the east. The 49 story tower, designed by Lucien Lagrange Architects, offers one, two, three and four bedroom residences from 1,300 to 5,400 square feet, including eight penthouses.

The Pinnacle's opulent homes feature marble entries, marble master baths, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, gourmet kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive balconies. The Pinnacle also offers an array of amenities and services that have become a Fordham Company hallmark: a health club, spa, indoor pool and sundeck, entertainment suite and terrace, private theater and business center with conference facilities.

The Pinnacle is located in the upscale Cathedral District on the north side of the Chicago River. A meeting of two eras, that of 19th-Century churches and 21st-Century high rises, Chicago's Cathedral District may be the snazziest residential area in the downtown area. IN addition to St.James, the area is home to Holy Name (Catholic) cathedral as well as the Fourth Presbyterian Church, a gothic structure reminiscent of a monastery. The area is also not far 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]


The Cathedral District of Chicago’s River North Neighborhood is home to The Pinnacle, located on Wabash between Huron Street and Erie Street. It’s 2 blocks west of the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue and just a few blocks west of Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s preeminent shopping and nightlife area.

The Wrigley Building
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 famous architecture. The celebrated Wrigley Building shines at the southern tip of River North with its sensational, white terra-cotta facade and elaborate upper-level stone work.

Completed in 2009, the Trump Hotel & Tower were built on the site of the old Chicago Sun Times. The lofty 92-story building, which reaches a height of 1,389 feet (423 m) including its spire, is a lavish addition to the area for River North residents who want to live in the lap of luxury. Marina City, also known as the Corn Cob Towers, was pioneering and innovative when it 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 developments but ahead of its time when designed in 1959 .

With the expansion of the railroad to the north branch of the Chicago river in the 1880s came an influx of activity to the Near North Side. By the late 1800s, the north bank of the Chicago River was a highly industrialized area and home to a community of Irish and Sicilian immigrants. The heavy industrialization lead to terrible pollution and the area being nicknamed "Smokey Hollow."

In the aftermath of World War II, manufacturing activity declined and many of the previously buzzing factories were converted into dormant storerooms and warehouses. The resulting warehouse district existed until the 1970s, when the need for warehouses withered to almost nothing. After the multitude of storehouses were shut down, the neighborhood was left with a mass of vacant buildings that were no longer useful.

Fortunately, the large, open layouts of the abandoned structures were a perfect fit for creative endeavors. The profusion of empty warehouse space was a draw to artists, writers and architects coming the area in search of studio and loft space. Today, River North remains an art center for the city due to its population of artistically talented residents and large number of gallery showrooms.[2]


The Pinnacle features a French limestone base with Gothic spires and wrought iron balconies complementing the areas architecture. It was designed by Lucien Lagrange and developed by the Fordham Group. Construction started in October 2002 and was completed in November 2004 the building measures 535 feet (169 meters) tall with 49 stories. The tower encompasses 518,000 total square feet. The 213 condominium residences feature superior floor plans ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 square feet. Construction was of concrete with an exposed concrete facade and a European style angled mansard roof.

The building has ground floor retail space opening to Wabash, Huron and Erie streets. There are 5 levels of parking above the retail and an full amenity floor on the 7th level with the residences beginning on the 8th floor.

Lucien Lagrange is a French-born architect who moved to Chicago after studying at McGill University in Montreal. Born in 1940, Lagrange is a former partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill. He left to form his own firm, named Lucien Lagrange Architects in 1985. He has been involved in the construction or renovation of seven notable buildings in Chicago including the Blackstone Hotel, The Elysian, Lincoln Park 2520 and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Lagrange designed the renovation of the Chicago Landmark Carbide & Carbon Building into the Hard Rock Hotel. He has also renovated the Union Station and designed the 29 South LaSalle and InterContinental Chicago. In 2008 Lagrange designed Manhattan's ultra Luxury 535 West End Avenue, which is one of the most prestigious residential buildings in New York City.[3]

Layout and Features

The Pinnacle sports apartments ranging in size from 1000 square foot one bedroom units to massive 5000 square foot penthouses in 11 different floor plans. There are five or six apartments per floor, two floors with two penthouses each and the top four floors are full floor penthouses. Apartments feature spectacular views from large eight foot tall windows. Many units have private terraces with ornamental railing and residents are whisked to their floors quickly with state-of-the-art high-speed elevators.

The standard master bedroom size in the building is 242 square feet and kitchens average about 123 square feet which is ample room to prepare a meal for the family, or throw together a gourmet offering for a few friends or the friendly neighbors.[4]

The building offers residents a plethora of luxury features such as on-demand heating and cooling, state-of-the-art broadband wiring, high-speed elevators with direct access to parking levels and advanced soundproofing systems. Units come equipped with a gas fireplace with wood mantle and marble surround, oak or marble entry floor, oak floors in the living/dining rooms and hallways and luxury-grade bedroom carpeting .

Master bathrooms feature a marble vanity top with double sinks, marble flooring, a separate shower with glass enclosure and a six-foot soaker/whirlpool tub. Kitchens come equipped with custom cabinetry, granite counter tops, a four burner gas cook top, oak flooring, a built-in double oven, microwave and side-by-side refrigerator/freezer. Clean up is a breeze with a garbage disposal, dishwasher and double-bowl stainless under mount sink.

Floor Plans

Chicago's Pinnacle has one, two and three bedroom apartments ranging in size from 1,300 to 5,400 square feet, including eight penthouses. The top four floors are penthouses that encompass an entire floor each.


The Pinnacle is a true high end luxury building with all the amenities you would expect to come with that. The building has a beautifully landscaped outdoor garden terrace and sundeck, a 44th floor hospitality suite with wrap-around terrace, a lavish indoor swimming pool and hot tub and a state-of-the-art fitness room.

Residents can also take advantage of a spa area with steam room, sauna and massage rooms. There is a private theater/entertainment center with large screen projector TV and surround-sound system. The building features a connoisseur designed wine cellar with private storage and lounge, a business center with conference facilities to cater to resident's work needs, 24-hour security and doorman, a dog run, a concierge, and dry cleaning.

Interestingly, the building also offers on-site car repair.


Pinnacle Bylaws
Rentals Ye
Pets Yes
Age No

  • The Pinnacle allows pets with certain restrictions and does not restrict the age of residents.
  • Rentals are allowed as well.
  • Waterbeds are not allowed in the building.


The Pinnacle was not built as a "green" building, but was built with low-e glass to improve efficiency of heating and cooling the building.

Additionally, 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.

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


House of Blues

  • The site for this building was once the location of a futuristic proposal designed by Helmut Jahn, called Project J-1.
  • Chicago interior designer Jonathan Adler lives in the building
  • In 1989 this site was occupied by a long low-rise building for the Murine Corporation. It was demolished after Project J-1 was cancelled, and the lot sat vacant until construction of The Pinnacle began in 2002.[6]
  • The neighborhood is home to the legendary House of Blues, popular with both local residents and tourists, with its lineup of blues, country, jazz, rock, latin, alternative and any other musical genre you can think of. The main music hall hosts performances by legends themselves like B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Etta James.


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