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Calamos’ CityGate Centre: The Sophistication of Chicago in Serene Suburbs

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Calamos’ CityGate Centre is the live, work, play community on Rte. 59 at I-88 in Naperville with occupancy rates far outpacing the market. Credit: CityGate Centre

CityGate Centre in Naperville, basically a village created by the vision of Greek- American John Calamos in the suburbs of Chicago, is experiencing top occupancy, and business is booming among its different sectors.

Today, its 241,206 square-foot Class A office building at 2135 CityGate Lane is nearly ninety percent occupied. For context, suburban Chicago office vacancies overall reached a record high of 29.7 percent last quarter.

“What makes CityGate Centre really stand out is it is really like an urban neighborhood with sophisticated amenities, but it’s located in a more serene, suburban environment,” Senior Vice President and Director of Real Estate Ken Witkowski told Greek Reporter. “It’s the sophistication of the city in the serenity of the suburbs.”

CityGate Centre is home to Hotel Arista, the only Forbes-recommended, AAA Four Diamond hotel in Illinois outside of Chicago city limits. There are several restaurants—from fine dining to fast casual—a Four-Star Spa, a fitness center, medical offices, indoor golf and, most recently added, a luxury residential building that is more than 99 percent leased.

“With these amenities, you can live, work dine, play, and stay at CityGate Centre,” Witkowski added.

The pristine mixed-use campus provides an amenity-rich location for its office and retail tenants complete with move-in ready and customizable suites, all within a walkable town-center environment.

Offices at 2135 CityGate Lane and 2020 Calamos Court sit within a community offering one million square feet of office space, retail shops and restaurants, a luxury hotel, and a mixed-use building featuring 285 Class A apartments, along with event space and a rooftop terrace.

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Credit: Calamos Real Estate

Tenants can take advantage of office suites ranging in size from 180 to 31,432 square feet on nearly column-free floor plates that provide flexible layouts.

Calamos’ CityGate Centre is a community

Calamos Real Estate, a sister company of Calamos Investments, occupies a 210,000-square-foot single-tenant headquarters building that opened in 2005 that anchors the development.

“With the Calamos Investments name visible from both busy Interstate 88 and Illinois Route 59 atop a unique, modernism-styled building, it surely draws attention,” Witkowski said.

“The greatest impact, however, is that in developing CityGate Centre, Mr. Calamos didn’t just build places for other people to work. He built a community where he comes to work each day and where others want to be too,” he added.

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Naperville’s only AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel and spa. Credit: Facebook/CityGate Centre

Hotel Arista at Calamos’ Citygate Centre

At the heart of Citygate Centre lies Hotel Arista, Naperville’s only AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel and spa offering the perfect business and social hub for modern travel adventurers.

“No other suburban hotel has achieved the accolade of Hotel Arista. It is known for its luxury guest rooms as well as its distinct event and catering,” Starr Lycos McCaffery, Head of Brand and Marketing Communication for Calamos Real Estate LLC, said in speaking to Greek Reporter.

“Its meeting and banquet rooms are frequented for both business meetings and social events, such as weddings and philanthropic galas,” she added. “It is a Hall of Fame wedding venue on and has been named Best of Weddings every year since 2012.”

In 2022, the Forbes Travel Guide, the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, awarded Hotel Arista with a Forbes Travel Guide Recommended award, and its Arista Spa & Salon received a Four Star award. The Naperville hotel and spa were the only Illinois properties recognized outside of the City of Chicago.

“Today’s discerning traveler is seeking luxury, but they also care about the impact of their travel on the community,” Hotel Arista General Manager Ryan Kingston said at the time. “We are pleased that Forbes recognizes not only a luxury experience for travelers but also our sustainability efforts.”

Other amenities that contribute to CityGate Centre are Arista Spa & Salon, the Forbes Four-Star spa, Olympus Executive Fitness Center featuring Precor equipment and private changing rooms with showers, Lavazza Café exclusively serving Italy’s No. 1 coffee brand along with breakfast and lunch daily, Che Figata, a Wine Spectator Award-winning Italy-to-table dining experience, Zorba Cocktail Bar featuring craft cocktails by its in-house mixologist, and Tap In Pub, a neighborhood sports bar with HD golf and trivia events.

The site’s pedigree is further buoyed by its direct access to and visibility from I-88, and proximity to both O’Hare International and Midway International airports, each about a 45-minute drive, and DuPage Airport, just a 15-minute drive.

Calamos’ CityGate Centre plans for the near future

Starr Lycos McCaffery told Greek Reporter that atop the residential apartment building is a planned 40,000 square-feet rooftop event space that will help meet community demand for larger events.

Currently, events of ten to five hundred can be accommodated throughout CityGate Centre in private event spaces at Hotel Arista, CityGate Grille, Tap In Pub and Che Figata, but some events that have been held here since 2008 grew beyond current capacity.

“Beyond the event center, in the world of real estate development, ‘near future’ is a relative term,” she explained.

“We currently have three in-fill lots ranging from about 2 acres to 4 acres at CityGate Centre, plus 27 acres across the street to the north of CityGate Centre that are ready for development.

“For Calamos Real Estate LLC, the boutique agency that manages CityGate Centre among other properties, we hope to expand on servicing other owners and tenants in other Chicagoland communities with brokerage, property management and construction management services, both commercial and select residential,” Starr Lycos McCaffery told Greek Reporter.

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