The Belden-Stratford, the iconic Beaux-Arts apartment property in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, reopened its doors following a top-to-bottom renovation that blends the grandeur of the 100-year-old building’s original architecture and detailing with lifestyle amenities and residences designed for today’s renters.

Overlooking Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, the 16-story property was constructed in 1923 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Like the building itself, the private grand opening event combined the glamour of the 1920s with elegant modern touches to create an unforgettable night.

We wanted guests to arrive and immediately have the presence of the 1920s. Before even entering the gold double doors, they were wowed by a stunning vintage, one-of-a-kind, million-dollar Rickenbacker automobile parked outside.

Inside, guests were greeted by smooth and stylish 1920s era ladies and gentlemen. Live jazz music, led by famed vocalist Elaine Dame, furthered the elegant atmosphere.

Guests toured amenity spaces that showcase the building’s original architectural detailing and craftsmanship, including the ornate double-height lobby where gilded plaster molding and gold-leaf detailing were fully refurbished, and a mezzanine level that was returned to its original open configuration.

Attendees also toured furnished model units, including a spectacular penthouse unit. And many guests ventured up to the rooftop deck that offered unmatched skyline, Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan views.

Fernando Beteta, one of 269 Master Sommeliers in the world, passionately extolled the virtues of three fine wines – Vostilidi Kefalonia, Ribeira Sacra Mencia, and Cabernet Franc Loire Valley – and guests sipped enthusiastically.

Elegant waiter-passed hors d’oeuvres included steak frites, caviar and crème fraiche, and charred citrus jumbo shrimp. Elevated bar bites were served in the billiards and media lounge. The lower-level private wine cellar featured a cheese and charcuterie spread. 1920s-clad “cigarette girls” offered to-go French Macarons as guests departed.

We were honored to be called upon by the public relations firm to plan and coordinate this high-profile event.