Chicago Tribune by Pamela Dittmer McKuen

Call to mind residential communities downtown and on the Near North Side and you’ll likely imagine towering high-rises tucked between Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier. But Sienna is a new luxury apartment building that runs horizontally rather than vertically.
It’s got 50 units on six stories — seven, if you include the rooftop deck and mechanical penthouse. Developed and managed by Golub & Co., Sienna, near Streeterville, welcomed its first residents in September.

“Streeterville has a lot of big, tall apartment buildings, and we built a number of them as well,” said Stephen Sise, Golub’s senior vice president of portfolio management. “We saw an opportunity in the market for something different. Sometimes the big ones can be noisier and a little busier, and we wanted to provide something with high-quality space with a smaller, boutique feel.”

Sienna’s facade is wrapped in two-tone brushed metal and punctuated by large banks of windows. The interior decor is an eclectic mix of modern finishes, high-tech communications, exposed ductwork, reclaimed wood and concrete walls and ceilings.
“It’s not a true loft building because it’s new, but we took some of those elements to give it a unique flavor,” Sise said.

Sienna apartments, which are on the second through sixth floors, include one- and two-bedroom units in 10 floor plans. In the hallways, each entry door is marked by a sconce with filament bulb. Each apartment is equipped with a full-size clothes washer and dryer, oak-tone plank flooring, exposed concrete ceilings, ceiling fans in bedrooms, operable windows with solar shades, smart thermostats, and USB ports in the kitchen and bedrooms.

Kitchens have stainless steel appliances, gray Euro-style frameless duo-tone cabinets, gray quartz waterfall countertops and white marble mosaic backsplash. Bathrooms have gray porcelain flooring and wall tiles, terrazzo shower bases, and mirrors framed to match the cabinetry.

One of three models is a 1,420-square-foot two-bedroom unit on the second floor. From the entry door, an L-shaped hallway angles past storage and laundry closets and a full bath with tub. The hallway ends at the open-plan living and dining space, where floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides overlook the intersection of Ohio Street and McClurg Court. The kitchen is separated by an appliance wall with cabinetry and a large peninsula that comfortably seats four. The five-burner range is built into the peninsula, and a sleek metal range hood hangs above it.

The two bedrooms are in opposing corners of the apartment, an appetizing arrangement for those who seek more privacy. The master suite has walk-in and linen closets plus a bath with dual vanity and oversized shower, while the second bedroom has a linear closet.

“We don’t have skyline views, but we have great street views,” Sise said. “The street is always active. Over the holidays, the trees on the street were all lit, and it was quite beautiful.”

At the building’s Ohio Street entrance, residents and visitors gain access via a smartphone video intercom system. The lobby is appointed in minimalist fashion with walls of tile, mirror and aged wood along with a sprinkling of historic photos and artifacts.

Behind the lobby are most of the common amenities: Mailroom, automated package and dry cleaning pickup room, secure complimentary bicycle storage room, fitness center with cardio and weight-training equipment and flat-screen television, pet grooming station and dog run. Also on the first level is 5,500 square feet of retail space under development.

The tiled rooftop deck on the seventh floor is furnished with two grilling stations and comfy furniture for dining and lounging.
Wi-Fi is complimentary in the building’s common areas.

Reserved enclosed, climate-controlled parking is shared with Golub’s neighboring apartment building, Moment. Sienna residents have private access to the garage.
Sienna is within easy walking distance of restaurants, cafes, upscale grocery stores, Target, AMC River East 21 and Pinstripes bowling alley. CTA buses are plentiful, and a Divvy station is nearby.

Link: Sienna Isn’t Sky-High, But The Streeterville Midrise Doesn’t Skimp On Luxury