To begin their relocation and refresh, BlueSpruce owners chose a space with an address that would help them stand out—15 East Oak, at the center of Chicago’s elite gold coast neighborhood. The firm would be the first tenant of this spacious facility, which once housed Barney’s New York. It’s a building that blends in architecturally with the surrounding environment—quite the shift from the high rise where BlueSpruce resided.
Drawing inspiration from the firm’s name, the owners worked with Whitney to outfit an environment that felt in touch with the natural world. Throughout the space, you can see tree imagery, rich colors, and warm wood materials that evoke the forest. In contrast, industrial pieces with dark metals are incorporated to create a connection to the city outside.
High ceilings and plenty of natural light help make this 9,000-square-foot-space feel comfortable and well-proportioned. Private offices line the perimeter, offering privacy for proprietary investment work but still giving employees access to light through massive windows with views of the surrounding neighborhood.
To help employees stay comfortable as they work, each office is outfitted with sit-to-stand desks and ergonomic seating. Inviting lounge areas with beautifully appointed furniture accommodate people as they check emails or decompress between meetings. And everyone has access to the café space, which is a great spot to work, meet, or take a break.