Optima Signature is a 53-story, 490-unit apartment tower at 220 E Illinois St in Streeterville. It includes 44,000 square feet of office space and 14,200 square feet of retail space and is directly east of Optima Center, which was built by the same developer.
Pre-leasing is underway for summer 2017 occupancy.
Optima Signature has a mix of studio to 3-bedroom apartments.
Apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows, wide plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, quartz or granite counters and in-unit washer / dryers.
The top 15 residential floors, the “Apex” apartments, have upgraded finishes and 9- or 10-foot ceilings.
Views. Optima Center II will have good north, east and south views, and will have largely unobstructed views from higher floors.
Amenities, services, policies
Optima Signature’s extensive amenities span three levels.
The building has indoor and outdoor pools. The landscaped pool deck has private cabanas, bars, TVs, fire pits and private dining areas.
Fitness facilities, in addition to the pools, include a gym with cardio- and strength-training equipment, a yoga studio, sauna and steam rooms, a golf simulator, putting green, basketball and squash courts and bocce ball.
There are extensive resident lounge areas, including a demonstration kitchen.
The building also has multiple outdoor lounge areas and indoor and outdoor children’s play spaces.
Club 52, on the 52nd floor, is set aside for residents of the apartments on the top 15 floors of the building.
Optima Signature is pet-friendly and has indoor and outdoor dog parks, and grooming facilities. The building has on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.
Optima Signature has an attractive location near the southwest corner of Streeterville, a block east of Michigan Avenue’s Mag Mile and a half-mile west of Navy Pier.
Illinois is a multi-level street at Optima Signature. The upper level provides pedestrian access to Michigan Avenue while the lower level accommodates through traffic headed for Navy Pier and the lakefront.
Shopping. Optima signature has excellent access to grocery shopping.
Whole foods is connected to Optima Signature and Target is two blocks east of the building.
A Walgreen’s Pharmacy is a short walk east of the building.
Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops begin a block west of the building.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
The building’s near-Michigan Ave location is close to River North, and there are literally 100s of dining and nightlife options within blocks of Optima Signature.
Parks, recreation. There is a tree-lined plaza with benches directly across Illinois from the building, Optima Signature is three long blocks west of Navy Pier, Jane Addams Memorial Park, Ohio Street Beach and the Lakefront Trail.
Chicago’s wonderful Riverwalk is a block south of Optima Signature.
Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is half a dozen short blocks north.
Transportation. Access to CTA and Metra train lines is inconvenient from Optima Signature. CTA bus service, via multiple routes, is excellent along Michigan Ave and lower Illinois (one-way east-bound) and Grand Ave (one-way west-bound). Many residents are likely to opt for cabs or Uber as their preferred mode of public transit, and cabs are always plentiful.
Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby.
Optima Signature has convenient access to and from Lake Shore Drive. Reaching I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can often be time-consuming. Expect near-gridlock conditions when there’s a major event in the neighborhood.
Chicago Water Taxi offers seasonal commuter service between Michigan Avenue and Madison Street, affording future residents a pleasant, low-cost way to reach the Loop and the Willis Tower.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the new apartment buildings. The trade-off is that the condo buildings typically can’t match the finishes and amenities in the managed apartment buildings.
You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s comprehensive Streeterville apartment guide. You can see every Streeterville apartment complex on the following map. Click any green icon on the map to view video tours of the property.