The new residential tower called 500 North Lake Shore Drive is climbing into the sky at 516 North Lake Shore Drive. The building is one of the most visible construction sites in the city as it is across the drive from Navy Pier and its million or so annual visitors.
But don’t get excited thinking that such a prominent location means this will be a landmark building. It was specifically cited by the local NIMBY organization as an example of bland architecture in a complaint letter to its designers.
But — as always — it’s better than the surface parking lot it replaces.