Former Maxim’s Restaurant Space Proposed for Sale, Restoration as Private Club

December 15, 2021


A long-vacant basement restaurant owned by the City at 1300 N. Astor St. would be sold for its appraised value of $680,000 through a proposed land sale introduced to City Council today by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot.

Located in the lower level of the Bertrand Goldberg-designed Astor Tower in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the 8,120-square-foot space is proposed to be restored as a private club by the buyer, 24 E. Goethe LLC.

The space was known as Maxim’s restaurant from 1963 to 1982, when it was operated by Goldberg’s wife, Nancy. Featuring a dramatic entry staircase, plush décor and a working kitchen, the Goldberg family gifted the space to the City in 2000. It was subsequently utilized for special events by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs for more than a decade before closing due to lack of use. Previous efforts by the City to sell the property were unsuccessful.

As a condominium unit, the space, along with one indoor parking spot, would be sold “as is” for its appraised value.

The proposed private club by developer and restaurateur Adam Bilter would primarily cater to neighborhood residents. Operating hours and guest amenities are yet to be determined.

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