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What if your office were so beautiful, you never wanted to go home? These five Chicago workplaces can definitely count “design envy” among the reasons why their employees want to go there every day.


Chicago Surgical Arts

Is this a dental office or a country club? Actually, it’s what happens when a Lincoln Park oral surgeon hires star designer Summer Thornton to create a reception area that makes the whole wisdom-teeth-removal thing feel a lot less scary.


Kate Levinson Locations

Clean, modern white furniture contrasts with vintage accents at the new offices of Kate Levinson Locations in West Town. Levinson’s scouting business--she finds great places for film crews to shoot commercials and movies around Chicago--takes up most of the space designed by Dean Renaud of South Social & Home. You can work there, too: Two desks are currently for rent for $550 a month each.

Barry Brecheisen

Henson Consulting

A recent boom in new clients and new employees spurred an office move for the boutique public relations firm headed by business and social powerhouse (and mom of five) Kathleen Henson. The Wacker Drive digs were styled by Alicia Hall of Interior Investments, and the space is full of big pops of color and dramatic views down the Chicago River.


Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Leave it to a firm of world-renowned architects to work in a Loop office that’s photo-shoot-ready at all times. The desks and meeting rooms are arranged around two interior courtyards that offer constant glimpses of nature--it feels more like a luxe penthouse than a high-rise work space.

Assemble's Gold Coast location


Freelance types and small business owners are living it up in style at shared workspace Assemble, which has two locations: Gold Coast, which was designed by GREC Architects (the people behind the Fairmont Hotel), and West Loop, which was designed by OKW Architects (the people behind Eataly). Desks start at $350 a month, and both are impressive places to bring clients, with details like polished concrete floors, high-end light fixtures and sweeping views.

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