If you used to cut through the badlands between Lakeshore East and Lake Michigan to catch some rays in the summertime, you’re in for a surprise when the lakefront opens to the public again. The badlands are gone.
Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent over the photograph above showing the construction progress of Cirrus and Cascade. Those are two of the three residential towers that will complete the southwest corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
Previously, this was a big ugly patch of weeds, with the occasional artifact of its industrial past: a half-flight of wooden stairs, lots of gravel, and if you had a metal detector, you could dig up railroad spikes. Two decades ago, it was an inner-city golf course. Before that, it was part of a complex of warehouses and railroad tracks.
Now, Cirrus and Cascade are going up, and will eventually rise 47 and 37 stories, respectively, bringing over 800 new homes to LSE. Until a couple of years ago, these were supposed to be three buildings, but that was reduced to two because the plan that was laid out during the Johnson administration no longer makes sense.
Still to come: Building I, which will fill in the final gap in this corner of Chicago. At 950 feet, the Magellan Development development will stand even taller than Related Midwest’s recently neutered and approved bookend 400 North Lake Shore Drive, just across the river.