In the time of COVID-19, these 3 new luxury residences are making sure they’re outfitted for pandemic life.

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Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2020

The Orchard, a seven-story, 32-unit boutique building, will sit on the highly sought-after Orchard Street in Lincoln Park. Developers Hines and McCaffery also developed the adjacent Lincoln Common, a multiuse business area with dining, retail, office space and a central event plaza.

The 32 condos are single-floor homes with two or three bedrooms in a variety of configurations. Four four-bedroom penthouses are also available. Designed in both light and dark color schemes, the Orchard condos feature 10-foot ceilings and wide-plank hardwood floors. The bathrooms get freestanding cast-iron oval bathtubs, and the large terraces are heated. The bespoke kitchens, designed by Christopher Peacock, have hand-painted cabinetry and premium fixtures and appliances.

“It’s highly interior-design driven,” said Cadey O’Leary, listing agent for The Orchard. “Something we thought the market needed years ago are truly custom-level, finest-finish-in-the-market offerings.”

Shared amenities include an expansive, landscaped rooftop terrace with lounge space; a fitness center with yoga studio; private, heated parking; and a 24-hour door attendant.

For some, part of the lure of The Orchard in the age of COVID-19, O’Leary said, is the private entry and elevator system. The three-elevator bank will take residents directly from the garage up to the formal foyer of their home.

“It might be subtly on the minds of certain prospective buyers,” O’Leary said. “You want to have that comfort, that sense of safety and a lack of disruption in your life.”

Condo sales have begun at The Orchard, and move-ins will happen when construction is completed later this summer.

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