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Glass-walled River North penthouse with a wrap-around terrace seeks $1.65M

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Panoramic city views in three directions through floor-to-ceiling windows

A corner condo with high floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a row of taller buildings. The room has a sectional sofa, area rug, potted plants, and pendant lighting.
The living room has walls of glass under a 20-foot tall ceiling.
VHT Studios, courtesy Brianna Schmidt of Second City Real Estate

This three-bedroom home perched on the 11th floor of the Contemporaine may not be the highest penthouse in River North, but it is nonetheless impressive. The 2,300-square-foot residence offers stunning views in all directions and concrete touches in keeping with the rest of the AIA award-winning building, designed by Perkins + Will architect Ralph Johnson and completed in 2004.

“The building is unique in that it’s modern but also industrial and lofty, which is harder to find in the area,” listing agent Brianna Schmidt of Second City Real Estate tells Curbed. “In this unit, you get exposures in three directions and a southwest-facing balcony that is 78 feet on one side and 23 feet on the other.”

Beyond its impressive views of the outside, the home’s interior is equally pleasant. The current owners, who purchased the property in 2012, did a complete remodel which added new hardwood flooring, gray brick accent walls, and an updated kitchen. The master suite has a massive walk-in closet and a sleek combination bathtub, and shower, and steam room.

The newly listed home hit the market seeking $1.65 million. The price includes a pair of street-level parking spaces separate from the building’s garage and accessed from Grand Avenue with an estimated value of $50,000 each, according to Schmidt. HOA fees will run you an additional $1,386 per month.

The property isn’t the only special condo at the top of the Contemporaine. Still, it is priced lower than some of its high-end neighbors such as a $3.1 million unit with a Japanese zen garden and a penthouse with a 27-foot atrium and a landscaped terrace that listed last year for a cool $2 million.

A room with a brick wall, wood floors, and a sectional sofa. There is a balcony out the window and tall buildings beyond.
A brick accent wall and wide-plank wood flooring give the unit a more rustic, lofty vibe.
A high-rise balcony on an urban building turns a corner. There is a suspended chair.
The views from the unit’s L-shaped balcony are hard to beat.
A dining room with a long white table and ten chairs.
Large house plants enliven the dedicated dining area.
The kitchen has a white cabinets, an island range, and a chalkboard wall.
The kitchen features sleek white contemporary cabinets, an island, and integrated modern appliances.
A corner bedroom with views of the surrounding city. There’s a brick wall and raw concrete ceiling.
The brick from the living room is mirrored in the master bedroom.
A bathroom with a long white vanity, white tile floor, and walk-in shower.
The master bath featues a combination bathtub, and shower, and steam room.


516 N. Wells, Chicago, Il