Thirteen million dollars for a blank canvas might sound like a waste of money, but for Chicago one-percenters, it’s the ultimate luxury. Towering over Lincoln Park is a 12,500 square foot unfinished duplex, offering views of the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan and the monumental city skyline.
The floors are hardwood and the shell has been hung with drywall, but it’s merely to help buyers envision themselves in the space. Once a deal has been reached, the new owner will be able to fully customize the interiors to suit their lifestyle. The penthouse at Lincoln Park 2550 boasts 38 arched floor-to-ceiling windows and a private elevator between the first and second levels. The aesthetic is Parisian — it’s capped with a mansard roof and the balconies are adorned with intricate wrought iron railings.
The penthouse owners will also be able to take advantage of the community’s lavish amenities, including a gated 1.25 acre private park, theatre, fitness centre, yoga studio, club room and library. There’s even a spa with an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room, sauna and private massage rooms. The building has been occupied since 2012, and the suite has been on the market even longer. For now, it sits empty, waiting for the right buyer to make it a home. Size: 12,500 square feet
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Development: Lincoln Park 2550
Highlight: The penthouse has the highest residential balcony in the city.