Category Archives: Chicago

A night at the Parker with Focus Development and Selah Freedom

April 7th, 2017 – (Chicago, IL) As the sun sets over Chicago’s West Loop, Focus Development CEO, Tim Anderson welcomed his guests to the 6th floor amenity space at The Parker – Fulton Market. Members of the Focus family, corporate partners, friends and family crowded around delicious bites catered by local company FIG and chatted over signature cocktails.

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The Parker Qualifies as ULI Vision Award Finalist

The Parker at Fulton Market has been selected as a finalist for ULI’s 2017 Vision Award. Projects selected for this award are examples of excellence across “the full development process – construction, economic viability, marketing, and management—as well as design – and promote best practices in development”. Winners in this category utilize creativity across process, partnerships, problem-solving and design.

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New Fulton Market apartment tower on the market

April 18, 2017

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The developers of a 29-story apartment tower in the Fulton Market neighborhood have put the “For Sale” sign up, even before taking the “For Rent” sign down.

A group led by Chicago-based Shapack Partners has hired CBRE to sell the Parker Fulton Market, a 227-unit tower at the southwest corner of Lake and Halsted streets that opened last summer.

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Developers propose 500 apartments next to Illinois Medical District

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The two proposed apartment buildings would flank the Medical District Apartments (foreground), which sit between the Illinois Medical District and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A development group plans about 500 apartments on the near West Side, convinced it can fill them with workers and students from the Illinois Medical District and University of Illinois at Chicago.
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A Look Inside the New Parker Fulton Market Apartment Tower

The 227-unit development is the latest luxury offering in Chicago’s hottest ‘hood’:

Chicago’s Fulton Market District in the West Loop has emerged as one of Chicago’s trendiest spots. A testament to the neighborhood’s recent success, the new 29-story Parker Fulton Market towers over the southeast corner of Lake and Halsted like a glassy exclamation point. Developed as a joint venture between Shapack Partners, Focus Development, and Atlantic Realty Partners, the 227-unit rental building is abuzz with activity as it prepares to welcome its first residents. The project not only represents the newest luxury residential offering in Fulton Market, but perhaps provides a glimpse into the near future of this rapidly-developing neighborhood.

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Circa 922 Receives the Crystal Key Award

November 20, 2015

Circa 922 was among the winners at the Key Awards – put on by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago – bringing home a Crystal Key for Innovation and Creativity for Technical Innovation. The project’s architect – FitzGerald and Associates submitted the entry, which focused on the building’s Girder-Slab structural system–the first time used in Chicago–which was chosen for its value, speed of erection, and low floor-to-floor heights. Girder-Slab is a prefabricated system of modified steel girders that allow precast concrete slabs to sit within the channel between beams–rather than on top of those beams–so floor-to-floor heights are greatly reduced. As a result, the building includes an additional floor in the same overall building height when compared to traditional steel structure design.
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Aiming to ride tech wave, developers to sell West Loop apartments

By: Alby Gallun

The developers of a 149-unit apartment project in the West Loop have put the property up for sale, betting that its proximity to Google’s future Chicago offices and other technology companies will attract hefty bids from investors.

A joint venture including Northbrook-based Focus Development has hired CBRE to sell Circa922, a recently completed multifamily project at 922 W. Washington St. The property is close to the city’s emerging technology sweet spot, four blocks from the Google project and about eight blocks west of Gogo, Uber Technologies and Twitter’s new offices.

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