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Summit Completes Renovation of Office Building at 444 N Orleans

Summit Design + Build, LLC, recently completed the renovation of a 4-story mixed-use commercial building located at 444 N. Orleans in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The project, which started in early 2019, included the new construction of a vertical addition to bring the building to a total of five stories.

The existing, 21,000 square foot building that stands at the southwest corner of Illinois and Orleans Street in River North was formerly home to a variety of corporate office tenants and high-end furniture stores prior to being vacated to make way for the renovations. The building now totals over 25,000 square feet, offering first-floor retail space and office or showroom space on the remaining floors in the in-demand River North submarket, just blocks away from the Merchandise Mart, the East Bank Club and multiple public transit lines.

In addition to completing the vertical addition, construction included a major interior renovation with all new MEP systems, new bathrooms, new windows throughout allowing for maximum natural light, 78 feet of first floor retail frontage, and a new, relocated elevator for a more efficient floor plan.

The building’s exterior was also updated by utilizing the existing coarse stucco façade as a scratch coat to install a new, smooth stucco finish. Selective areas of the existing brick façade were removed and replaced by a Dekton ventilated porcelain façade.

444 N. Orleans is being redeveloped by The Lelyn Group. von Weise Associates is providing architectural services.

444 N Orleans Imagery.