Optima, Inc. has started construction on Optima Lakeview, a seven-story, transit-oriented development (TOD) of 198 apartments with street-level retail in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Located at 3460 N. Broadway, Optima Lakeview will reinvigorate the neighborhood by replacing a shuttered Treasure Island grocery store and parking lot.
“With over 40 years of experience developing in Chicago, we know how exceptional design can enhance a community, so we’re excited to develop the first Optima building in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood,” said David C. Hovey Sr., FAIA, CEO of Optima, Inc. “With Optima Lakeview, we’ve incorporated design cues from the surrounding area’s architecture while still staying true to the modern design aesthetic Optima is known for, resulting in a forward-looking building grounded in Chicago sensibility. Both inside and out, Optima Lakeview is very much about drawing people in and helping them stay connected—either with the surrounding community or within the building itself.”
Designed by Hovey, Optima Lakeview will feature an undulating façade with deep recesses, shades and shadows. The building is designed with a series of setbacks that provide for outdoor landscaped terraces on the upper levels of the building. An elegant and sophisticated palette of warm-toned exterior materials, including transparent bronze glass and rich, dark brick, has been selected to complement the surrounding neighborhood. Optima Lakeview also features a distinctive landscaped interior atrium that will run through its seven-story core and is enclosed by a fixed in-place skylight at the roof to bring natural light into the building’s interior. The residential units and building amenities are arranged around the atrium.
“We’re always looking for ways to bring light and connection to nature into our projects as people crave these elements, especially now as many of us are spending more time in our homes,” said Hovey. “With the grand atrium, we’re providing our residents a sun-filled ‘outdoor’ space to enjoy within the building.”
Scheduled for completion in 2022, Optima Lakeview will feature 198 luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom rental units and nearly 14,000 square feet of commercial space fronting Broadway. Residents will have access to 40,000 square feet of extraordinary amenities, including a rooftop sky deck with pool, spa, terrace and party room; indoor basketball court; golf simulator and putting green; fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment; yoga/stretching room; sports lounge; dog park and pet spa; children’s play area; game room; demonstration kitchen; two conference rooms and a business center. As a TOD, the building will offer 94 fully enclosed parking spaces at grade level and storage for 208 bicycles.
Optima paid special attention to work-from-home needs, designing floor plans with an average of 1,053 square feet, significantly larger than what’s currently available in the market, to accommodate dedicated space for a home office. In addition, Optima Lakeview features two conference spaces and a business center, as well as several indoor and outdoor seating areas and multiple technology providers from which residents can choose.
Located steps from Lake Michigan and some of the most popular restaurants, bars, theatres and shopping in Lakeview, Optima Lakeview is also within a short walk of Wrigley Field, the scenic Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course, Waveland tennis courts and softball fields, Belmont Harbor and the Lakefront Trail, which offers miles of jogging and biking along Lake Michigan.