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Essex on the Park Is Chicago’s Healthiest Place to Live

Essex on the Park been awarded WELL Certification by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL), the premier building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work and play. As the first multifamily residential tower in Chicago and the Midwest to receive this designation, Essex on the Park is a leader in healthy living.

“Our home environment has a profound impact on our health, well-being, and happiness,” says Deepak Chopra, advisory board member for wellness real estate and technology company Delos. “By achieving WELL Certification, Essex on the Park is bringing wellness to the forefront of residential real estate.”


Essex on the Park achieved its WELL Certification rating based on seven categories of building performance: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind. Third-party performance evaluation considers every aspect of the building from construction to design materials and programming. 

Features that helped Essex on the Park achieve this rating include design solutions that regulate circadian rhythm, live greenery throughout the tower’s communal and private spaces, nutrition education and chef-led cooking classes, and more:

Air: Outdoor air systems separate the supply of outdoor air from heating and cooling systems to minimize contamination from exterior pollutants and deliver the cleanest air possible. The entrance of Essex on the Park is also designed in a “healthy” way to contain pollution and minimize exposure for residents.

Water: Quarterly water quality performance tests ensure residents have access to the purest water.

Nourishment: Through its partnership with LulaFit, Essex residents have access to regular chef- and wellness coach-led nutrition discussions and cooking classes in the tower’s communal chef’s corner. Residents can also get one-on-one coaching and meal prep from professionally-trained chefs in their own apartments.

Light: Electric light controls and other design solutions help manage glare caused from screens and incoming sunlight to reduce visual fatigue.

Fitness: Exterior design and amenities, such as the state-of-the-art fitness center, LulaFit’s fitness-on-demand program, and proximity to the park and lakefront, promote walkability and physical activity.

Comfort: Units are designed with smooth and cleanable high-touch surfaces to help maintain a hygienic environment. Luxe furnishings and spa-like amenities such as rainfall showerheads also enhance the overall comfort of residents.

Mind: Thoughtful design strategies inspire, delight, and celebrate culture, spirit, and place to positively impact occupant mood. This includes access to a specified amount of blue and green space, including water, sky, and plant life. Units are strategically positioned to provide optimal views of Lake Michigan and the park, and the tower also features a four-story winter garden with an infinity pool and live greenery.

Essex developers, Oxford Capital Group, LLC and Quadrum Global, and property managers The Bozzuto Group worked closely with several key partners to ensure Essex on the Park met the high standards required to achieve WELL. Key partners include Delos, LulaFit, a Chicago-based luxury fitness and wellness concierge service, and Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, the architect and design team behind the residential tower.

“Oxford was the developer of Chicago’s first LEED Certified hotel – Hotel Felix – and we’re proud to again be at the vanguard of WELL Certification, building a healthier community,” says John Rutledge, Founder, President and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, LLC. “Health and wellness are at the core of Oxford’s DNA as a company, and we strive to set the highest standards whether that be in our company culture or development projects. WELL Certification isn’t just a standard of living, it’s a new standard for hospitality, and The Bozzuto management team has embraced this whole-heartedly.”

“We congratulate Oxford and its partners for targeting and achieving WELL Certification for Essex on the Park and applaud the company for putting the health and well-being of its residents at the center of its efforts,” said Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO of IWBI. “Essex on the Park is a leader in our growing movement and we are proud to work with Oxford in this exciting achievement.”

Essex on the Park is the fourth multifamily residential building in the U.S. to achieve WELL Certification.