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Jon Cartu Announces: Rockwell Group Designs RPM Seafood, Louis Sullivan Building…

Rockwell Group Designs RPM Seafood, Louis Sullivan Building...

Jon Cartu Announces: Rockwell Group Designs RPM Seafood, Louis Sullivan Building…

Rockwell Group designed the 11,000-square-foot interior of RPM Seafood.

Photo: Courtesy of Rockwell Group

The Chicago design community is always buzzing. From events happening around town to news coverage that can’t be missed, there’s a lot to keep track of in the Windy City. In this weekly news roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.


Rockwell Group Unveils RPM Seafood

Rockwell Group has unveiled its design for RPM Seafood, the Chicago River restaurant concept from RPM, Lettuce Entertain You, and Giuliana and Bill Rancic. The venue features an 11,000-square-foot interior, large terrace, and palette of cream tones and wood inspired by Italian seaside towns. “We created an indoor-outdoor feel through the use of folding glass walls and a series of trees and greenery that define the space. It feels transportive, but also at home on the riverfront,” Shawn Sullivan, a partner at Rockwell Group, tells AD PRO.


Besch Design Takes Home a Houzz Award

Besch Design of Chicago took home the Best of Houzz award for design, a contest honoring the most popular work on the design platform Houzz. Winners receive a Best of Houzz badge on their Houzz profile. Steve Besch says he works closely with clients to create their dream architecture and design projects. He has received eight Houzz awards since 2014.

Real Estate

Louis Sullivan’s Final Masterpiece Hits the Market

Louis Sullivan’s last building is for sale, reports WTTW. The Krause Music Store—now a two-story mixed-use building at 4611 North Lincoln Avenue—was built in 1922 and features a signature ornamental, terra-cotta façade with a “K” for original owner William Krause. It was the last of 126 buildings Sullivan designed before he passed away. The current owners renovated the interiors and added custom built-in furniture and open-glass offices, but the exterior façade is protected as a Chicago Architectural Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is listed for $2.9 million.

Victorian Canaryville Home Listed for $600,000

Sitting at 4430 South Emerald Avenue, a Victorian home rumored to date back to the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, has been listed for just under $600,000. According to Curbed Chicago, the 6,000-square-foot, six-bed, five-bath residence includes a grand turret and once included an underground tunnel to the property next door when it was owned by a doctor who used the adjacent space as his practice.


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