Grand Lux Cafe, Chicago, gets much needed warmth
Custom window retroﬁt improves energy eﬃciency, comfort at “Grand” Chicago restaurant
NARBERTH, Pa., September 12, 2018 – Renovate by Berkowitz, LLC, (RbB) announced the completion of a window retroﬁt project at the Grand Lux Café in the 600 N. Michigan Avenue building in Chicago. Working with Clifton Architectural Glass and Metal, the project’s glazing contractor, RENOVATE by Berkowitz (RbB) designed a customized secondary glazing solution to improve the restaurant’s energy eﬃciency and indoor comfort.
Located on “The Miracle Mile”—the Windy City’s renowned upscale shopping district—the Café featured 3,800 square feet of single-pane plate glass windows that were installed when the building was built in 1997. While the large expanses of glass provided abundant natural daylighting to illuminate the restaurants grandiose décor, the windows lacked the technology found in newer glazing options. As a result, restaurant managers and patrons had to contend with a range of challenges, including excessive solar heat gain in summer, poor heat retention in winter, reoccurring condensation caused by ﬂuctuating temperatures, and disruptive noise from busy streets.Download: