The work of notable Chicago-based artist JC Rivera can be found on walls and in galleries across the city. In the West Loop, you can snag your very own in-home painting of Rivera’s recognizable “Bear Champ” character in this condo located in a converted 1920s-era industrial building.
“When my client bought the unit, it had awful colors, and he knew he wanted to fill up that wall, which was originally painted green,” listing agent Nick Van Gorp tells Curbed Chicago. “His passion for art fills the unit, and there’s even an old World War II missile that’s been turned into a bar.”
In addition to the oversized mural, the two-bedroom residence boasts 12-foot concrete ceilings, hardwood floors, upgraded light fixtures, custom shiplap accent walls in the living room and master bedroom, and a pair of renovated bathrooms. The designer kitchen, with its 18-foot-long black granite island and stainless steel counters, is ideal for entertaining, according to Van Gorp.
Plenty of natural light floods the unit through large north-facing windows and a sizable exterior balcony overlooking Mary Bartelme Park. The view could, however, change in the future if developers win approval to build a new six-story condo building on the narrow lot next door.
As the West Loop continues its unprecedented development boom and transitions into a more family-friendly neighborhood, lofts like this serve as a reminder of the area’s earlier artsy-meets-industrial roots. Listed for a cool $1 million earlier this year, the 2,000-square-foot pad is currently asking $895,000.