Introducing The National: A new spin on a classic building in the central business district. Coming soon.

Welcome, Baderbrau

Blue Star welcomes Chicago’s original microbrew to its new home in the Motor Row neighborhood of the South Loop.

Start to Finish

Our involvement with a property often goes beyond the development phase. Many of our buildings are occupied by entertainment and hospitality affiliates of Blue Star.


Block Party

After purchasing 660 West Lake Street, Blue Star Properties now occupies an entire city block in the hot West Loop neighborhood.

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Blue Star Properties is a Chicago-based commercial real estate company known for the acquisition and revitalization of urban retail, office, and mixed-use properties in and around Chicago.

Craig Golden established Blue Star in 2008 with the goal of pursuing a wider range of projects after co-founding Sterling Bay in the late 1980’s.

Along with more traditional commercial real estate endeavors, Craig has cleverly incorporated his love for music and dining into the company.

Blue Star is currently involved in a variety of restaurants and music venues throughout the city of Chicago.

Since first opening its doors in 2008, Blue Star has renovated more than thirty office, retail and industrial properties, breathing new life into all of the company’s acquisitions.

With a passion for redeveloping older structures to fit in a modern workplace, Blue Star’s portfolio contains nearly two million square feet of commercial space.

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Blue Star is a full-service commercial real estate company responsible for the management, leasing, construction, design and activation of its properties. Providing services in-house allows Blue Star to be more efficient, nimble and creative than other commercial real estate firms.

Passionate for transforming classic structures into modern workplaces, Blue Star focuses on revitalizing office, retail, and industrial properties to create true custom workplaces throughout the City of Chicago.


Blue Star Properties performs all of its lease negotiations in-house. Performing the brokerage and legal components of leases enables Blue Star to streamline the leasing process and eliminate the middleman.

Moreover, this allows Blue Star to ensure the fastest response time getting tenants moved into their spaces quickly and with minimal business disruption.


Our Property Managers work closely with the construction and maintenance staff to create efficient and effective commercial assets.


Blue Star works closely with tenants to provide unique office space. The design team works directly with existing and potential tenants to customize space to serve the needs specific to their businesses.


Blue Star is a licensed general contractor that works for the sole benefit of its own properties.

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THUMB_1010w35th 1010 W 35th
2515SWabash-lead 2515 S Wabash
1301E47th-cover 1301 East 47th Street
125_lead 125 S Clark
328-lead 328 S Jefferson
329-lead 329 W 18th
560_washington 560 W Washington
606_lead 606 W Roosevelt
650-lead 650 W Lake
THUMB_660lake 660 W Lake
935-lead 935 W Chestnut
1215-lead 1215 W 18th
1307_lead 1307 Chicago
1245-lead 1245 Chicago
3128_lead 3128 N Ashland
portfolio_13 4708 N Milwaukee
thalia-lead Thalia Hall
duseks-lead Dusek’s
l&e-lead Longman and Eagle
THUMB_moneygun Moneygun
THUMB_stlou Saint Lou's Assembly
1245_5-249x227 SPACE
BLUE_promo The Promontory
union-lead Union Pizzeria
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