History Revived

We are passionate about the projects we choose. The National Building, a Daniel Burnham landmark, has been returned to its former grandeur with the added benefit of modern amenities.


More Than Real Estate

Many of our projects are entertainment establishments, music venues, and award-winning restaurants. We are proud to add cultural value and interest to the neighborhoods where our properties reside.


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.


Future Developments

Blue Star Properties is constantly working towards the acquisition and revitalization of real estate in Chicago. Since opening its doors in 2008, Blue Star Properties has renovated more than two million square feet of commercial space. We are always working on our next exciting development. Stay tuned…

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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.


Morton Salt Redevelopment
Revival Food Hall
328 S Jefferson
The Ruin Daily
329 W 18th
1215 W 18th
Thalia Hall
Tack Room
Punch House
1010 W 35th
650 W Lake
660 W Lake
Saint Lou's Assembly
1245 Chicago
Union Pizzeria
560 W Washington
935 W Chestnut
1307 Chicago
Union Squared
2515 S Wabash
Longman & Eagle
The Promontory
1301 East 47th Street
606 W Roosevelt
3128 N Ashland

Other Partnerships

Core 12

Recent Notable Redevelopments

125 S Clark
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