In the heyday of Gangland Chicago, the Lexington Hotel served as a hideout for the notorious Al Capone. The hotel and its hoodlum ties are long gone, but there’s one there’s still an air of mystery at the at the intersection Cermak Road and Michigan Avenue, writes Dan Schuyler in the September issue of New Homes. There, the Chieftain Group is building the Lexington Park Condominiums, a project (and a location) that may be the South Loop’s best-kept secret.
“In a way, Lexington Park is still a hideaway or hidden treasure,” says Britta Rivera, vice president of sales for Chieftain’s U.S. branch. “There are not a lot of high rises in this area, and Lexington Park kind of has the place to itself.”
What’s really nice about that, Rivera says, is that Lexington Park has gorgeous views of the city and the lake.
“Remember, the shoreline bends in this area,” she says. “And that gives our residents a truly natural panoramic view.”
“Lexington Park has a classic contemporary design,” says Jeff Hrubec, vice president of VOA, the project’s architects. “But we added an asymmetrical characteristic through the use of intersecting planes, and we wed the three elements of the project to each other by running a continuous concrete band from the tower through the parking and mid-rise facades.”
Add to that a gentle tint in the glass, a heavily landscaped, park-like rooftop over the parking decks, and flared concrete atop the tower, and Lexington Park becomes almost as much a work of art as an example of fine architecture.