Green Building Migrates to River North Restaurant Industry

Posted by Ted Guarnero admin on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 10:39am.

Green Building in River North Neighborhood

Green Building in Chicago's River North NeighborhoodRiver North’s hottest new restaurant isn’t just serving some of the neighborhood’s best fast-service Mexican food, but is also leading a new wave of restaurant owners looking for ways to initiate “green-building” when developing a brand-new location.  XOCO, pronounced [sho-ko], is the newest endeavor by Rick Bayless, a well-known chef associated with Fontana Grill and Topolobampo, which are located right next door to Bayless’s newest creation. This new River North hotspot isn’t just turning heads because of the delicious Mexican-inspired menu, but also because it’s only one of 38 restaurants in the world to achieve LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. What does this mean? Well, not only is Green Building environmentally friendly, but it is also extremely economical to business- and home-owners alike. Whether it’s saving energy and water, increasing your property value or boosting your sales because of more natural light (studies show better sales in stores that use more natural light), there seems to always be an advantage to using green-building techniques. Some of the environmentally-friendly features integrated in to XOCO include a design that specifically allows for more daylight, occupancy sensors and dimming controls for more artificially lighted spaces, low-flow plumbing fixtures that conserve water-usage and finally, cook tops that produce electro-magnetic waves that heat pots and pans, rather than a conventional gas or electric coil burner. So when you’re in River North looking for a new loft or condominium, stop by XOCO and enjoy guilt-free Mexican food knowing that it’s state-of-the art green-technology that makes this restaurant a remarkable addition to the already vibrant River North neighborhood. For information on more fabulous River North or downtown Chicago real estate, contact Ted Guarnero with Baird & Warner at (312) 810-6693. 

Ted Guarnero, REALTOR® is a full-time real estate agent with over 1000 homes sold and $400 million in sales.  Working with Compass real estate offering professional and effective real estate services to help you succeed in the local real estate market. Visit for information on downtown Chicago real estate and to get in touch with an expert in the Chicago real estate market. Before you hire your next Realtor call Ted Guarnero 855-See-Chicago, it's on the House !


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