With all its shiny skyscraper goodness, it’s sometimes hard to remember that Lakeshore East is half a century old this year.
It was in 1969 that the Illinois Central Railroad decided that its riverfront rail yard might be more profitable as a bunch of residential, office, and hotel towers. Fifty years later, that plan is inching toward completion with the coming of Building J, the first of the final four planned for LSE.
Cirrus will be a 47-story condo tower at 211 North Harbor Drive, next to The Parkshore. Pre-sales have begun for the new tower’s 363 condominiums so people can pre-live there before it opens in 2021.
One bedroom units start at $450,000-ish for 600 square feet of space. The choices run up to four bedroom units with over 3,000 square feet of space north of $4 million. There will also be a smattering of townhouses at the base of the tower.
Cirrus joins its nautically-named neighbors The Shoreham, The Regatta, Aqua, and The Tides. You didn’t know that “cirrus” is a nautical term? According to Apple’s dictionary, a cirrus is “a slender tendril or hairlike filament, such as the appendage of a barnacle, the barbel of a fish, or the intromittent organ of an earthworm.” See? Totally nautical.
Cirrus is one of three new towers soon to rise on the southwest corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The other two are still using the placeholder names Building I and Building K/L, which are OK for now but look awkward stitched on a bowling shirt.