Harper Court

Year: 2012

Client: Harper Court Partners

Location:  Chicago, Illinois

Certification: LEED-CS Gold, LEED-ND Gold

Awards: 2012 CNU Illinois Charter Award

At the gateway to the 53rd Street retail corridor in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, a transformation is underway. The corridor, which serves as University of Chicago and Hyde Park’s main street is seeing renewed investment for the fist time in many years, and a Farr Associates’ schematic design for the anchor building and master plan for the site guided the development.

The multiphase Harper Court redeveopment project contains a Hyatt Place hotel property, a mixed-use office building whose anchor tenant is the University of Chicago, condominiums, new ground floor commercial spaces, and streetscape improvements. These changes activated the corridor and transformed the pedestrian experience by adding activity where there were once vast parking lots.

Farr Associates provided project developers with a PD scheme that ultimately was chosen by the City of Chicago as the best for the site– winning the team development rights for the project.


Sustainability and innovation lie at the center of the plan, with Harper Court achieving LEED for Core and Shell and Neighborhood Development Gold certification for the multi-building site.