Novak Construction Completes Whole Foods Market in Historic Hyde Park

by Katie Lee

Chicago — Hyde Park has a new tenant at City Hyde Park, 5118 S. Lake Park Ave., as Whole Foods opened a new 30,000-square-foot store to mark its 26th Chicagoland location on June 22, 2016. Novak Construction led the project.

The new store features a “secret society – intellectual theme” that pays homage to the University of Chicago neighborhood. This is highlighted by a dark blue and brass color scheme, walnut wood throughout, professors’ office doors on restroom stalls, and University symbolism embedded in the décor. The project scope also included installing a sophisticated mechanical system with fluid coolers, VRFs and air handlers.

The underground parking garage and the apartment complex above the store were designed by architect Jeanne Gang.

Celebrating its 36th year, Chicago-based Novak Construction is a general contractor and construction management firm known for its well-rounded portfolio in the retail, industrial, corporate, institutional, healthcare, hospitality and multi-family/mixed-use sectors. For more information, visit

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is a leading retailer of natural and organic foods, and America’s first national “Certified Organic” grocer. The company currently has more than 370 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Novak Construction

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