About This Project

A unique public-private partnership between the Village of Skokie, IL and Murphy Development Group spurred the genesis of Highpoint at 8000 North. Part of a broader effort to transform the community’s downtown into a desirable urban living location, the 12-story, multi-family residence aimed to serve as a cornerstone destination that would support walkability to Skokie’s historic movie theater, restaurants, coffee houses, and one of the best farmer’s markets in the area. Highpoint’s close proximity to Chicago’s rail system, as well as Skokie’s science and technology hub, contributed to developing a sought-after luxury living option in one of Chicago’s top suburbs.

The Challenge:

Highpoint’s impressive architecture, which was designed by renowned Lucien Lagrange, exhibits a stunning exterior with traditional elements. Modern accents, including natural light filled interiors, soaring ceilings, and breathtaking views, presented the MCA design team with an opportunity to create living spaces that would complement both a sophisticated traditional and modern aesthetic.

The designers also confronted a nuanced target as Highpoint sought to attract a diverse multi-generational and psychographic market. Baby Boomers looking to downsize, tech-focused professionals working at Skokie’s Illinois Science +Technology Park and young professionals commuting to the City each required consideration in the interior design.

The MCA Solution:

MCA’s design focused on creating modern interiors infused with quality, attention to detail and elements fostering a luxury living experience.

Large format porcelain tile floors complement rich wood tones, burnished metals, and natural stone. Clean line furnishings combine with a curated array of unique art, sculpture, and accessories to complete the upscale and sophisticated urban vibe.

Common spaces capitalize on Chicago skyline views and promote socialization and relaxation. Stunning views of the Chicago skyline enjoyed from the expansive 12th floor terrace and resident lounge add to high-end amenities that include firepits, wrap-around deep seating and grilling areas. A best-in-class fitness center and yoga studio also include expansive views.

A gourmet demonstration kitchen adjacent to a well-programmed gathering space offers an additional option to other residence lounges designed for entertaining, working or relaxing. The pet-friendly environment includes a dog run and pet wash.

PROJECT

Highpoint at 8000 North

LOCATION

Skokie, IL

CLIENT

Murphy Development Group

TYPE

Studio

1, 2 and 3-bedroom model units

Amenities:

Spacious resident lobby with fireplace

Concierge, mail and package rooms

Rooftop deck with grilling areas, lounge seating groups, fire pits, and spectacular Chicago skyline views

Upper level indoor/outdoor sky lounge with bar, gaming, focal fireplace, gathering tables and lounge seating groups

Gourmet demonstration kitchen

Conference room, co-working

Yoga studio

Fitness center

Dog run and pet wash

TARGET AUDIENCE

Local Baby Boomers downsizing

Tech professionals and professional couples

Professionals commuting to downtown Chicago

Urban lifestyle seekers

COMPLETED

2022

Category
Case Study, Club House and Recreation

The Return on Environment (R.O.E.℠)

As a cornerstone of the downtown Skokie revitalization, 8000 North has served as a catalyst for activating and bringing community life to the Village. With hundreds of new residents and guests now living downtown, restaurants, coffee shops and other entertainment venues have followed, bringing a sought after high quality walkable lifestyle to the community. 

Highpoint’s exceptional design gained immediate recognition from Skokie influencers including area restaurant and business owners. James Iverson, owner of F & I Marketing, stated, “It is a beautiful centerpiece for our downtown with all its vibrant changes.” Marcos Rivera, owner of Libertad Restaurant believes Highpoint will be a great addition for downtown Skokie and help surrounding businesses rebound from the pandemic. “It is a beautiful building that is well thought out in its design and amenities,” he noted.

The well-executed design hit the mark with Highpoint’s goal to bring urban luxury to Skokie’s downtown neighborhood. Soon after opening, Murphy Development Group reported that leases outperformed original projections. Within a few months the building was approximately 50% leased with interest continuing at a steady pace.

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