108 W. Chicago Ave.
Gold Coast / Near North Side
J.E.O. Pridmore, 1901
Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) and CEDARst, 2017
Built in 1901, the former Bush Temple of Music piano showroom reopened in late 2017 as boutique rental apartments. The ornate building in the French Renaissance Revival style is hard to miss on the corner of Chicago Avenue and Clark Street, and is a designated Chicago Landmark. Cedar Street bought the vacant structure in 2014 and, along with restoration architects Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA), embarked on an extensive renovation and conversion to 101 studio- and one-bedroom residential units for FLATS®. These living spaces skew small, in accordance with the growing appetite for micro-dwellings in buildings that instead emphasize shared amenities. On offer at Bush Temple is a lobby appointed as a community lounge with cushy furniture and vintage pianos and a 5,000-square-foot basement gymnasium complete with a boxing ring. Street-level retailers include the popular Foxtrot Market.