September 8, 2021

Site of Chicago’s van Gogh exhibit sells for $15M

The Germania Club property, built in 1888 as a social club for German immigrants in Chicago and located at 108 West Germania Place, has been a safe investment with a steady yield during the pandemic.

The building is fully occupied with tenants including Lincoln Park Preschool and CorePower. Lighthouse Immersive, the Toronto-based producer of the Vincent Van Gogh digital art show, signed a five-year lease for its space. The exhibit opened in February, generating buzz and sell-out crowds, and became a new source of income for the building. The immersive Van Gogh exhibits are taking place across the country.

R2 had considered converting the building’s upper floors into creative office space, but changed its plans after connecting with a broker for Lighthouse Immersive.

“After a year of ambiguity and fear, investors have been flocking to cash-flowing assets,” Danny Spitz, CEO and managing partner of Greenstone Partners, the Chicago-based brokerage that arranged the sale, told Crain’s.