It’s big. Really big. Really quite big. The biggest building to hit North Lake Shore Drive since… well… ever. We’re talking about Realted Midwest’s 451 East Grand Avenue, the new residential tower designed by New York’s Robert A. Stern & Associates, and proposed to be built right behind Related’s first Chicago tower, the ever-so-shiny 500 Lake Shore Drive.
While it’s true that 451 is not fully on Lake Shore Drive, it’s half a block removed, it’s sure going to look and feel like lakefront property. That’s because this 67-story building is going to loom a whopping 843 feet over the gateway to Navy Pier. So, visually, it’s an 84-story building. On the lakefront. You’ll be able to watch this monster rise from Indiana.
And we mean “monster” in a good way. Because the design is lovely. It’s very New York. Also in a good way. Because Chicago has a variety of different and remarkable skyscraper designs, but not many that have that Park Avenue aesthetic. It’s like Astor Street all grown up. At Bulls training camp. On steroids. And it’s a welcome change from the concrete-rectangle-on-top-of-a-parking-garage-podium clones that are popping up all over town like Blackhawks jerseys after a Patrick Kane hat trick. Ozinga must have a giant penny-press machine on Goose Island that churns these things out by the dozen if you can just turn the crank hard enough.
Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Bill Motchan tells us that the residents of the Streeterville neighborhood where this tower will go are for the most part pleased with its design. Their concerns are more focused at the ground level — meaning parking, and traffic, and the quasi-public park next door that will get a makeover as part of this development.
451 still needs the city’s blessing to move forward. The soonest that could happen would be mid-October. Until then, please to enjoy these details and drawings:
- Developer: Related Midwest
- Design architecture firm: Robert A.M. Stern Associates, New York
- Architect of record: GREC Architects
- Height: 843 feet
- Top floor height: 65 feet
- Setbacks on 4th, 6th, 34th, 37th, 38th, 62nd, 64th, and 65th floors
- 4th floor amenity deck height: 44 feet
- Green roofs on 4th, 6th, 34th, 37th, 38th, 62nd, 64th, and 65th floors