At a ceremony last night at the Cliff Dwellers Club, Friends of Downtown bestowed the honor of “Best New Building” for 2019 upon 727 West Madison, the 45-story, 492-unit luxury apartment building developed by F&F Realty and Fifield Companies and designed by FitzGerald. 727 West Madison is currently the tallest building in the West Loop and home to an exceptional collection of residences and amenities.
“This award from Friends of Downtown is a great honor, especially since the group is made up of our peers in design, planning, and urban development,” said Pat FitzGerald, managing principal. “We produced a great building thanks to a client that trusted us and gave us some room to develop something a little bit different. 727 is a meaningful addition to the city thanks to a team whose members were each great at what they did, and took on the challenge to make something exceptional.”
Friends of Downtown was founded in 1981 and is recognized as a vital and influential component of the city’s design and building process. They directly influence planning and development decisions through debate, public advocacy, and cooperation with other civic organizations. They create awareness of important issues affecting downtown, enabling citizens to develop their understanding and voice their opinions of Chicago’s physical and social environment; they have played important roles in introducing new uses in downtown, and recognizing and promoting commercial, governmental, and nonprofit efforts that have helped make downtown Chicago the thriving business, cultural, residential, and educational district it is today.