Fulton Market

The Parker Fulton Market (Lobby), 730 West Couch Place, Chicago, IL, USA

Date and Time

Monday, March 19 2018 - 6 PM

Event Details

On Monday, March 19th, Chicago SPIRE members and guests gathered for a unique walking tour of Fulton Market with local developer, and Founder and CEO of Shapack Partners, Jeff Shapack, to see the newest developments in an up-and-coming district that it is on the shortlist for Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ second North American headquarters deal.

The tour kicked off with a grand overview -literally- of Fulton Market from the 26th floor of Shapack Partners’ luxury residential project, The Parker Fulton Market, where Shapack -the unofficial Mayor of Fulton Market, as some call him- regaled the group with a riveting backstory of the district’s scrappy beginnings, including the humorous political back-and-forth simply to officially name the district (ask Jeff about it sometime -you won't regret it).

Founded in 2009, Shapack Partners has asserted itself as a leader in the creation and changing landscape of the Fulton Market District. Shapack Partners acquires, repositions, develops and invests in properties throughout downtown Chicago. Over the past few years, Shapack Partners has amassed a diverse and impressive portfolio of properties in the West Loop’s Fulton Market District. 

Following the high-level overview of the district, the group then continued to tour a seven-story, 70,000-square-feet office building under construction right next to the lighted, “Fulton Market District” sign, the gateway of the Fulton Market. The development aims to deliver much-needed office space a block away from a redeveloped building that houses WeWork, Ballast Point Brewery, and a state-of-the-art bike park -both developments by Shapack Partners.

The last leg of the tour included an exclusive look inside the member-only Soho House Chicago, which featured a rooftop pool and floor plan that was creatively maximized so not to lose any useable space to building mechanicals. The Soho, along with WeWork, Ace Hotel, and Google’s Midwest headquarters, among others, signal the district’s emerging position as Chicago's creative hub and destination.

As all good things come to an end, the tour ended well -and well into the evening - as great conversations continued over cocktails at the Ace Hotel's rooftop bar and lounge, the Waydown

SPIRE would like to thank Regional Leader Richard Klawiter (JD ‘90), and Jeff Shapack and his team for hosting the event and for the entertaining evening.