Living in a Chicago Landmark: The Palmolive Building

Chicago is known worldwide for its outstanding architecture – the skyline is instantly recognizable, with highlights like the Hancock building, the Aon Center, and the Sears Tower.  However, the city is also home to a number of architecturally and historic significant buildings that might not as be as iconic as the major skyscrapers, but they are just as visually interesting and even more luxurious.

One of the most spectacular new developments on the Chicago real estate scene is the Palmolive building, where luxury Chicago condos occupy thirty-seven floors of the Michigan Avenue Art Deco building.  This local landmark was built seven decades ago, and it is perhaps best remembered as the former Playboy headquarters, since it once served as flagship of Hefner’s empire.  Thanks to the efforts of the Draper and Kramer development firm, however, today the Palmolive is considered one of the most luxurious and desirable vintage properties in Chicago.

Since the Palmolive building is located at the very north end of Michigan Avenue, many of the units have amazing lake views and relatively unobstructed views of the skyline; moreover, each residence from the twenty-second story on up consists of the entire floor.  A number of them also feature stunning terraces, perfect for outdoor dining, grilling, or simply relaxing and enjoying the cityscape.  The building also offers many other perks, such as a discrete and cheerful staff that includes valets who bring residents’ cars around at the touch of a button – definitely a major plus during freezing Chicago winters.

Although the original 1930s interior was not nearly as elegant as the exterior, today each unit is practically a stand alone work of art, due to the fact the owners could work with the architects to customize the floor plan and design features of their individual unit.  That said, the exterior is certainly outstanding as well – the building was designed by one of the city’s oldest and most prestigious architecture firms, Holabird & Root, and it is subtle elegance makes it one of the standouts of Michigan Avenue.

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