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 hold the highly-regarded CPM designation, and 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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1010 W 35th
2515 S. Wabash
1301 East 47th Street
125 S Clark
328 S Jefferson
329 W 18th
560 W Washington
606 W Roosevelt
650 W Lake
660 W Lake
935 W Chestnut
1215 W 18th
1307 Chicago
1245 Chicago
3128 N Ashland
4708 N Milwaukee
Thalia Hall
Longman and Eagle
Saint Lou's Assembly
The Promontory
Union Pizzeria
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