Optima Inc. wants to make Optima Signature, its new Streeterville residential tower, into a communal space both for residents and the surrounding neighborhood. The Glencoe, Illinois-based firm took another step toward that goal this week when it signed a lease with Egg Harbor Café, a breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant. Expected to open this fall, it will be the first downtown Chicago location for the brand.

Egg Harbor will occupy a 5K SF space on the upper Illinois Street plaza, close to Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River, and offer outdoor seating that overlooks one of the downtown’s few cul-de-sacs, a street with very little traffic, Optima President Tara Hovey said.

“We wanted to create a community within a community, and Egg Harbor has a big following that will help activate and energize our public plaza, which we designed to be an urban oasis, a place that provides people with respite and a breath of fresh air.”

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