Mandarin Oriental to host art exhibit and sale

Mandarin Oriental Tower Chicago

It’s not easy to stand out in Chicago’s crowded market for ultra-luxury condos. The team behind Mandarin Oriental Tower often touts its affiliation with the international Mandarin Oriental hotel chain, which lends a recognizable brand and an Asian aesthetic to the planned 75-story high-rise.

In that spirit, an art exhibition and sale featuring the work of Catherine Yi-yu Cho Woo will take place at Mandarin’s sales center, at 160 N Stetson Ave, from 5 to 7:30 pm on Monday, Dec 3. Woo’s paintings blend traditional Chinese themes (Chinese characters superimposed on waterfalls pouring through rocks, for example) with contemporary technique. Woo, also a Feng Shui master, incorporates her philosophy into her work, which has titles like “Auspicious Clouds” and “Sublime Success.”

Hopefully, good ch’i will rub off on everyone – Mandarin sales director Tracy Braun says the exhibit is meant to be “mutually beneficial,” drawing buyers both for the paintings and for the building’s 250 condos and 250 hotel condos.

Palladian Development LLC has scheduled a February groundbreaking, and sales have reached the 55 percent mark, according to Braun.

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