Chicago, Illinois, USA
Chicago has been called the pulse of America. The city beats with an entrepreneurial spirit, while retaining a heartland sensibility.
Chi-Town is ranked a top U.S. metro for business expansion. Education, healthcare, media and professional service industries thrive here. Credit a solid infrastructure and gateway air access to more than 200 cities around the world. It’s also an incubator for start-ups that have prospered in a pro-business digital economy. And of course, a thriving center of luxury houses, condos and real estate investments.
The city, third largest in the country, is smart, dynamic and delivers on value.
This is a place that knows how to mix business with pleasure. Forbes named Chicago America’s Best Downtown for its architectural views, shopping and recreation. Chicago boasts more five-diamond restaurants than anywhere in the country and is home to a big-time theater and arts scene. Shopping along the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue holds its own against Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue. The Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry are among more than 35 world-class institutions. The science museum is a legacy of the Columbia Exposition of 1893 that marked the city’s celebrated comeback after the Great Chicago Fire. The city rebuilt and made up for lost time. Chicago lays claim to the first skyscraper--all of ten stories tall--and the Chicago School, a globally recognized architectural style marked by steel-frame construction, large windows and terra cotta cladding. Big names built here: Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright. Today, the skyline is dominated by skyscrapers like the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Trump Tower, Aon Center and John Hancock Center. Many of the city’s most iconic buildings and attractions are located in the Chicago Loop, the commercial and cultural center.
Luxury condominiums, lofts, classic bungalows, row houses and private residences with architectural provenance are connected by a 3,700-square mile public transit system.
Lake Michigan is the backdrop for many of the city’s most coveted enclaves. The prestigious Gold Coast luxury real estate neighborhood was settled by influential Chicago families who built their mansions here. Bordered by Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, the location is hard to beat. The community includes the historic Astor Street District. Just south along Lake Shore Drive is Streeterville, noted for its thoughtful development and power high-rises. Lincoln Park, the heart of Chicago’s North Side, features old-school stone and brick architecture and a 1,200-acre park edging Lake Michigan. It’s active, walkable and trendy. At the southern end of Lincoln Park is the classic tree-lined and ivy-covered community of Old Town.
With miles of urban beaches, bikeways and exceptional residential properties, life by the lake is good.