Managed by The Bozzuto Group, Essex on the Park (808 S. Michigan Ave)is a 56-story residential tower perched on Chicago’s Cultural Mile. Adjacent to Essex on the Park is the newly revitalized Hotel Essex, a landmarked mid-century modern icon on Michigan Avenue, brought back to life by the project’s developer Oxford Capital Group. Oxford Capital set out to create another vision of grandeur—but this time it was an amenity-rich residential high-rise designed with all the luxuriousness and attention to detail you’d expect from Chicago’s leading hotel developer behind iconic local projects such as The Langham, LondonHouse, and Godfrey.
With 479 apartment homes, Essex boasts soaring four-story Winter Garden with retractable Nanawalls that transform the space to an open air sun deck in the warmer months and provides residents perpetual summer during the winter. There is also the chef driven cocktail bar SX Skybar located on the building’s 6th floor, French restaurant Grant Park Bistro and Petite Vanille on the first floor, and a pet grooming suite and indoor pet play areas. LulaFit is Essex’s exclusive wellness concierge and the LulaFit team has embraced activating the beautiful common spaces with sunset yoga on the north deck, a weekly strength and conditioning group fitness class in the expansive gym, and releasing mid-month meditations. Meditations are pre-recorded and then published, mid-month, on the LulaFit Essex website for resident to access. Meditations instruct residents to relax and listen to the recording in predetermined spaces throughout the building, like on the East balcony overlooking Grant Park or below the twinkling pendant lights in the winter garden.
With LulaFit’s help, Essex on the Park has become Chicago’s first WELL Certified community – the premier building standard that focuses on enhancing people’s overall well-being through the buildings where we live, work, and play. Essex on the Park has put resident health and wellness first. LulaFit’s extensive offerings of private services including nutrition counseling, personal training and private chef services, as well as activation of 7th floor spaces with wellness and fitness events, helped fulfill the nourishment, movement and mind categories required by WELL. We believe that Essex on the Park’s WELL certification is the beginning of a revolution in luxury residential, and LulaFit is motivated to continue to help our building partners create spaces that enhance the health and well-being of their residents and enhance healthy living spaces for all.