Construction Update
Two New Loop Skyscrapers Top Off

While the bulk of the architectural press in Chicago has been focused on the St. Regis Chicago tower, just a block away two other skyscrapers have been quietly growing in its shadow.

Well, “quietly,” unless you live in Lakeshore East, which has been under constant development since we started publishing way back in 2003. But such are the perils of urban living.

January, 2021 rendering of Cirrus (Courtesy of Lendlease)
January, 2021 rendering of Cirrus (Courtesy of Lendlease)

Cirrus and Cascade are two peas sharing a common podium pod at the corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Cirrus is the big brother, with 350 condominiums in 47 stories. Cascade hitches its britches to 37 stories with 503 apartments packed within.

If you want to get an eyeful of these two towering glassburgs, wait until this summer. That’s when the adjacent Cascade Park will open to the public — a bit ahead of schedule.

January, 2021 rendering of Cascade (Courtesy of Lendlease)
January, 2021 rendering of Cascade (Courtesy of Lendlease)

With Cirrus and Cascade topping off this week, that leaves just two more towers to build at Lakeshore East: Building I, and Building O. I, O, Cirrus, and Cascade are all from the buzzy design hive mind of bKL Architecture. The developing duo are Magellan Development, located at the other end of Lakeshore East Park; and Lendlease, located at the other end of the Pacific Ocean.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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