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Harper Court is an urban mixed-use development that has revitalized a key commercial corridor in Chicago’s Hyde Park. Devised by a public-private partnership between the City of Chicago and the University of Chicago, the project melds a diverse blend of uses: a 12-story, 178,000 SF Class-A office tower; more than 80,000 SF of retail space housing a mix of local and national outlets; and structured parking for 518 vehicles. A 131-key Hyatt Place Hotel, developed by a separate project team, completes the complex.

The site plan organizes the development around a new internal roadway called Harper Court, which brings vehicular and pedestrian traffic to retailers and the commercial components. The plaza setting provides public space for outdoor dining and open-air community events.

Among the first in the nation to combine all four LEED designations, Harper Court’s sustainable features include a high-performance building envelope, a rainwater collection system, district-energy mechanical systems, and recycled and local content.

Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards – Development of the Year


  • 650,000 SF
  • 178,000 SF, 12-story office tower
  • 83,000 SF retail
  • 518 parking spaces
  • LEED Gold Certified - Neighborhood Development / Core and Shell