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First downtown Chicago location of Egg Harbor Café opens in Optima Signature

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Optima Signature, a 57-story, 490-unit luxury apartment tower just east of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, announced the grand opening of its retail tenant, Egg Harbor Café, a restaurant specializing in breakfast, brunch and lunch with 20 locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Georgia. The Streeterville location is the first downtown Chicago location for the popular restaurant named as one of the nation’s top breakfast concepts.

Developed by Glencoe, Illinois-based Optima, Inc., a full-service real estate firm, Optima Signature is located at 220 E. Illinois Street and features 490 apartments and 60,000 square feet of retail and professional space. Egg Harbor Café’s 4,905-square-foot location fronts the building’s plaza on upper Illinois Street just steps from Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

“We’re so pleased to welcome Egg Harbor Café to the growing list of businesses that call Optima Signature home,” said Tara Hovey, president and COO of Optima, Inc. “Our goal at Optima Signature has always been to curate a mix of retailers and businesses that not only serve our residents, but also complement the entire Streeterville neighborhood.”

Showing high demand for its retail space, Optima Signature has just one 490-square-foot-retail space remaining. Other retailers include: GoodVets Streeterville, a full-service veterinarian redefining pet care with a 2,000-square-foot facility; Guidepost Montessori at Magnificent Mile, a California-based school with an 11,500-square-foot space; RUNAWAY fitness, a 4,099-square-foot run conditioning fitness studio and a 1,530-square-foot Bedazzled Nails & Spa.

The plaza-side location of Egg Harbor Café means patrons will have a clear view of the David Hovey Sr.-designed bright yellow, 15-foot Kiwi sculpture composed of half-inch thick steel plates.

“We look forward to serving the great city of Chicago. Set alongside a beautiful open plaza with sweeping views of iconic Chicago landmarks, our first city location will be a refreshing oasis, welcoming Streeterville residents and local office workers as well as visitors to the area,” said Egg Harbor owners, Aimee and Mike Farrell.

“Just one block off Michigan Avenue yet tucked away, we hope to provide a fast-paced and friendly environment where our guests can feel like they are at a home away from home,” added Egg Harbor regional manager, Lisa Hallen.

Optima Signature also offers commercial space in the way of fully furnished office suites and an additional 13,000 square feet of professional office space.

Designed by award-winning architect David Hovey Sr., FAIA, and completed in 2017, Optima Signature is a LEED-certified luxury rental development featuring 1.5 acres of amenity space. Optima Signature’s amenities include: a resort-style outdoor heated swimming pool; cabanas and bars; saunas, steam rooms and WELLBEATS virtual workout studio; resident lounge with coffee bar; basketball, squash and bocce ball courts; golf simulator and putting green and outdoor terrace with lounge furnishings, fire pits and spas. Another amenity floor has a fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment, yoga studio, indoor lap pool, spa and indoor children’s play area. Additional amenities include a 40-yard running track, dog park, outdoor children’s play area, co-ed sauna and steam rooms, indoor and outdoor full kitchens, grilling stations and dining areas.