chi-OakBrookResidentialView3-Reduced (2) The Butler, a proposed condo tower for suburban Oak Brook, will blend into the surrounding community, say the designers.

CHICAGO—After undergoing a resounding crash more than a decade ago, condo development has just started a cautious comeback in the city of Chicago. And the region’s affluent suburbs may soon see similar moves. A group of developers and architects recently put forward a plan for a 22-story luxury condo development in Oak Brook called The Butler.

At a time when many developers focus on the deconversion of condo buildings back into rental apartments, both in the city and surrounding suburbs, others calculate the time has finally come help empty nesters stay in the suburbs and maintain the level of luxury they’re accustomed to as homeowners.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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