Curbed Chicago

How ‘the Draper’ turned dated Uptown offices into midcentury-inspired apartments

The two-year transformation of Uptown’s former Combined Insurance building into a new striking apartment development known as the Draper is nearly complete. The adaptive reuse project at 5050 N. Broadway is the latest development from Chicago-based Cedar Street Companies and the group’s first crack at designing a midcentury modern-inspired building. Read More…

RE Journals

Office to apartment repositioning, The Draper, opens in Chicago

CEDARst Companies’ FLATS brand will soon debut its newest property, The Draper, at 5050 N. Broadway in Chicago. The building is an adaptive reuse project which converted a largely vacant, 1950s office building, originally home to Combined Insurance headquarters, into 342 FLATS-style apartments. Read More…

Star Tribune

Duffey lofts Minneapolis Flats Cedar Street

Chicago developer latest to pitch project at North Loop’s Duffey Paper site

On Wednesday, Chicago-based Cedar Street Cos. will pay $13 million for three vacant warehouses and a parking lot that once housed Duffey Paper.

Cedar Street has submitted plans to the city to turn those buildings, which are perched along N. Washington Avenue between Fifth and Sixth avenues in the block in the former Warehouse District, into about 200 rental apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space called Duffey Lofts. Read More…

Chicago Tribune

The Exterior of The Synagogue, A FLATS® Building at 5029 N Kenmore .

‘The house found us’: A peek inside Chicago churches converted to homes, apartments and condos

After living in a former 1920s-era hotel turned luxury apartment complex for almost three years, Betsy Bowman and her partner were in the market for another unique living experience. The couple became the first residents of a former Uptown synagogue. Read More…


The Exterior of The Synagogue, A FLATS® Building at 5029 N Kenmore .

Lifestyle brand FLATS Chicago Reopens Abandoned Synagogue As Micro Apartments
Recently opened in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, The Synagogue (5029 N. Kenmore Ave.) marks one of the latest adaptive reuse projects from Chicago-based FLATS, a Cedar Street Company. The award-winning FLATS Chicago first made a name for itself as a leader in developing stylish micro units. Read More…


Janet Davies of 190 North visits FLATS The Lawrence House

190 North visits The Lawrence House

The Lawrence House Hotel was built in 1925 and hosted the likes of Charlie Chaplin back in its heyday. Today, the classic art deco building in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic places and its enjoying a re-birth of sorts as an apartment residence. However, it’s not your average apartment building. Read More…

Chicago Tribune

Rooftop Lounge at The Otis, featured in the Chicago tribune.

A million dollars in art and fancy fridges: Chicago residential buildings take interior design to the next level

ime was, looking at brand-new apartment buildings meant managing your expectations. Sure, you might get a bright, fresh apartment with new appliances, a party room and an in-house fitness center. But if you were hoping for a space with a little personality, or a lobby that offered something beyond those standard-issue brass-and-glass chandeliers, some hard-wearing, inoffensive wallpaper and a couple of big potted plants, you might have to look elsewhere. Read More…

Chicago Tribune

River North’s Ardus apartments merge vintage and modern for unique vibe — with on-demand cleaning service

Some apartment communities are built from the ground up, and others are fashioned from existing structures. The Ardus, which recently opened in River North, is both — but it’s hard to tell by looking. The entire building gives off a vintage vibe, albeit with modern-day flourishes like Wi-Fi and USB ports. Read More…


Cedar Street Corporate Office.

The 11 Coolest Offices in Chicago 2018
Workspaces have never felt homier than they do in 2018. Call it a ploy to reverse the growing working-from-home trend or the influence of the hospitality world, but office bragging rights these days are all about intimate seating areas, curated objects, fully loaded kitchens (and cafes) and flexible floor plans that can easily be rejiggered to entertain staff and guests. Read More…