Chicago Condo: Fairbanks at Cityfront Plaza
Building Address:240 East Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611
- Units: 281
- Built: 2007
- Neighborhood: River North
- Pets Allowed: Yes
As part of a deluxe mixed-use complex at Cityfront Plaza, The Fairbanks offers Chicagoans the ultimate in on-site daily services and convenient downtown living. A triad of commercial and residential buildings is the framework of Cityfront Plaza, conceptualized to deliver a loose "city within a city" effect that provides residents with every amenity and luxury. Located just north of the Chicago River in the sought-after Streeterville neighborhood, The Fairbanks is a plush residential high-rise draped in upscale finishes and intimate designer touches. Four distinct categories of residences present homebuyers with a diverse choice of upmarket properties, from soft loft spaces to lavish top-floor penthouses, all imparting a sense of high-class existence in one of Chicago's most exclusive zip codes.
The Fairbanks is built atop a previously erected parking structure (initially planned as a pedestal for a Hilton Suites Hotel). The slender glass and stone condo tower rests upon the wide garage and loft section, creating a large rooftop veranda for the Terrace Homes occupying the ninth floor. Below the terrace level are six floors of loft units. Floors 10 - 27 house one- and two-bedroom condos called the Fairbanks Residences; and the final four stories are reserved for penthouses, which afford the most luxurious Fairbanks real estate, not to mention some spectacular lake and city views.
Having that many different types of homes under one roof is flexibility homebuyers don't often find in the downtown housing market. In fact, deciding which layout is right for you can be a tough decision, since every unit in The Fairbanks is saturated with lavish accents and top-of-the-line features. The lofts integrate typical exposed structural elements and raw surfaces, however with a polished appearance that exudes stylish sophistication and classy comfort. As expected of the loft design, The Fairbanks units have bare 10' concrete ceilings and visible ductwork, plus oversized windows and partial interior walls to create an open flow throughout the space. The airiness is enhanced with oversized private balconies, extending the living area out and inviting the cheery sunshine in.
The Terrace Homes at Fairbanks are singled out for their exclusive access to the lush patio gardens and landscaped green space situated on the roof of the building's lower-level tier. These units offer private entry to the condominium's 1,200-square-foot outdoor mezzanine overlooking the city. Such a sprawling elevated oasis is hard to come by in Chicago. Inside the Terrace Homes residents are surrounded by signs of privileged living as well with tall 12-foot ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, marble baths, stainless steel kitchen packages, and impressive floor-to-ceiling window walls. Recessed designer lighting subtly illuminates the units and generates a bright, contemporary atmosphere.
Up in the Fairbanks Residences, homebuyers will discover a continuance of the exceptional luxury and upgraded amenities found in the terrace level units, only these have small private balconies instead of an extensive courtyard area. Glass pane expanses stretching the length of the residence bring loads of natural light into the condos. A number of floor plans even have dual exposures with wraparound windows for maximum sun and optimal views. Kitchens sport granite countertops and sleek stainless steel appliances with hardwood floors and fine finishes throughout the unit. One and two bedroom layouts (some with a den or office niche) are available, ranging from 874 to nearly 1,500 square feet.
The uppermost floors of The Fairbanks are where homebuyers find the cream of the crop at Cityfront Plaza - the Penthouse Residences. Anyone looking for a downtown dwelling that's upgraded to the max and dripping with first-class comforts is in luck because these lofty living spaces are furnished with the best of the best. In addition to custom-built features and designer-name appliances, the penthouses at The Fairbanks have extra-tall ceilings and windows, roomy floor plans (one and two bedroom models), and remarkable sightlines from the private balconies of the Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building and the winding Chicago River below.
No matter which Fairbanks residence suits your style, the handy services, stores and building amenities at Cityfront Plaza are accessible to everyone. In the street level retail shops there's a Dominick's grocery market and inside Fairbanks, on the ninth floor, are a fitness facility with sauna, fully-equipped business center, club/rec room, and private theater with stadium-style seating. Residents with pooches will appreciate the dog walk and sun-lovers will enjoy the outdoor pool area. Bike storage, around the clock doorman, and laundry/maid service round out the list of perks for homeowners at this upscale mini-city new construction development.
The Fairbanks at Cityfront Plaza are a Centrum Properties venture. Prices start in the $300,000s and surpass the million dollar mark for penthouse units.