In Chicago, Jeanne Gang’s highly anticipated Vista Tower—set to be completed in 2020—is expected to be the pinnacle of luxury living in the Windy City. […] In September, Vista Tower set up a booth at EXPO Chicago, the city’s large annual gathering of contemporary art galleries—Chi-Town’s take on Art Basel—to spread the word, and Robin Tebbe, Magellan’s chief marketing officer, says that this partnership attracted substantial buyer interest. “Our buyers tend to be supporters and connoisseurs of the fine arts,” Tebbe says. (Vista’s units are on the higher end, ranging from around $1 million to $17 million.)In New York City's highly competitive real estate market, Chelsea developers have begun to use galleries as the kind of anchor tenants that raise the value of the apartments above. Like hotels offering rent-free space to top chefs and restaurateurs to tone up their brands, Chelsea real estate developers are tapping brand-name galleries to differentiate their projects. That's what seems to be happening with Zwirner's new space. Although the Times presents the move as Zwirner's, the announcing article is filled with clues to what might really be going on here.
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