More Info About Lakeshore East’s Newest Skyscraper

Magellan Development isn’t wasting any time getting its newest Lakeshore East project off the ground. You could see dirt turn for the temporarily-named “Building A” (345 East Wacker Drive) as soon as next week (May 16-20), as soil sampling gets underway.

Image courtesy of Brininstool, Kerwin and Lynch

You may remember from our earlier coverage that Building A is the planned residential skyscraper to be built just east of the Swissôtel (323 East Wacker Drive).

There are a number of people who just recently shelled out big bucks to live in Aqua who are now trying to figure out if their views are going to be blocked by the new building.  Though renters at The Tides are really the ones who will be most impacted by lost views, and massive construction noise.

Thanks to Brad Lynch at Brininstool, Kerwin and Lynch, and Sean Linnane from Magellan Development we now have these additional details:

  • Occupancy: February, 2013
  • Height: 425 feet, measured from East Upper Wacker Drive.
  • Construction start: June
  • Rentals only
  • Studios, convertibles, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments.
  • Three-bedroom apartments are new, and there will be one in the northwest corner of each of the top five floors.
  • 18,000 square foot retail space on East Upper Wacker Drive.
  • Five levels of parking below Wacker Drive level.
  • Pool and common outdoor area on the podium. From the drawings, the pool looks to be just a cheap splash pool like at The Shoreham, not a real pool.
  • The east and west walls of the building are entirely clear glass.  The balconies on the north and south faces of the building are recessed from the edge of the perpendicular glass walls, and faced with glass railings.
  • Two dog runs
  • Image courtesy of Brininstool, Kerwin and Lynch

    Green roof.

  • Slightly shorter than The Tides (360 East South Water Street).
  • 45 stories above Wacker Drive, 50 stories from ground level, which includes the public parking garage.

And information we had before:

  • 499 residences
  • 647,000 square feet total
  • 18,000 square feet retail
  • Like its neighbors (The TidesThe ShorehamThe Swisshôtel), parking is above ground, but below Upper Wacker Drive.
  • The facade is glass and aluminum.
  • There are balconies, they are recessed to create a smooth face.
  • Unlike its neighbors that have the outdoor amenities high up on the 16th floor, the amenity deck is below Wacker Drive, but isolated from the noisy roadway since the deck faces Lakeshore East Park.


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