Chicago is home to Best American Living winner

Chicago is home to Best American Living winner
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The Legacy at Millennium Park in Chicago has just won the 2011 Best in American Living Gold Award for High-Rise Multifamily Housing, a great achievement for our City of Big Shoulders. The impressive 72-story building is a welcome addition to the Chicago skyline, one that promises to endure. The structure features luxury condominiums offering stunning views to Millennium Park, Grant Park, and Lake Michigan from most floor plans. It was mostly praised for its contemporary architecture, luxury residences and innovative planning, which included the preservation and restoration of three historic masonry and terracotta facades in the Jewelers’ Row District on Wabash Avenue.

“The Legacy is a modern building successfully woven into the historic fabric of Chicago’s civic and cultural center. We are proud to have our efforts affirmed with this prestigious award,” said Richard A. Hanson, principal and founder of Mesa Development LLC, one of the developers.

The luxury complex has a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom condominiums, as well some amazing penthouses ranging from 875 to 9,301 square feet.

Chicago seems to lead the way in real estate breakthroughs as the Windy City is also home to some of the most environmentally friendly residences in the country. In 2011, Jacek Helenowski completed the Helenowski Residence, a LEED Platinum certified house located in Chicago’s Edgebrook neighborhood. Using a series of cost-efficient technologies, the house is an excellent example of what green living is all about. Just have a look at this video to see how amazing the residence may be:


Then there is the Michael Yarnell residence in Ravenswood that was recently featured in a story as the highest scoring LEED building ever built. The construction had been granted LEED Platinum certification upon completion and it is said to produce 40 percent more energy than it consumes. How awesome is that?!


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  1. living in nyc
    living in nyc 26 March, 2012, 00:51

    Very nice! It looks like a hi-tech home not a normal one! I really enjoyed it throughout from content to video! i am pleased to see such kind of homes and blog that shared such a beauty!

    I was wondering how much does it all costs in actual???

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Outrageous work!

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  2. Eiskaffe
    Eiskaffe Author 26 March, 2012, 07:19

    Hello Living in NYC,
    Thanks for your comment. Were you referring to Legacy at Millennium Park? Prices in the building vary depending on what floor you are on but it’s common to see $800+ per square foot for the nicer views.
    If you were referring to the green home, the price was $1.6 million to construct but the homeowner got over $50,000 in tax credits.

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