Follow Up: 500 Lake Shore Drive’s Epic Outdoor Space
Jul19

Follow Up: 500 Lake Shore Drive’s Epic Outdoor Space

Last month we did an in-depth review of the new Related Midwest residential tower at 500 North Lake Shore Drive.  But when we toured the tower, the outdoor common area wasn’t completed yet.  Plus it was raining.  So we weren’t able to really show that part to you. Now, the 500LSD people have sent over some pictures showing off their new deck, and it looks great. Specs include barbecue-equipped cabanas with power points and...

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Week Links: June 9-15, 2013
Jun15

Week Links: June 9-15, 2013

Here’s what weak this week: Free as in beer: Do you like money? Do you like Union Station? There’s a contest with $5,000 on the line for ideas for “activating” Union Station. (don’t you just love urban planner jargon?)  Check out the Activate Union Station web site. The Marquette Building is getting into the Stanley Cup playoffs in a way that only the Marquette Building can.  Check out the pictures at The...

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500 Lake Shore Drive Ups the Ante for Chicago Apartment Buildings, But Please Don’t Call it “Luxury”
May08

500 Lake Shore Drive Ups the Ante for Chicago Apartment Buildings, But Please Don’t Call it “Luxury”

Over the last ten years that this blog has been in publication, we’ve taken a lot of tours of a lot of apartment buildings in Chicago. From new skyscrapers to vintage renovations, we’ve seen a little bit of everything. And the thing we’ve notice in the last eight years or so is this — They kind of all look the same. The developers of new buildings in Chicago seem to all use the same checklist of features, and...

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Status Update: 500 North Lake Shore Drive
Oct08

Status Update: 500 North Lake Shore Drive

Another Chicago skyscraper is nearing completion. The crane is being taken down from 500 North Lake Shore Drive as the heavy lifting at the prominent tower wraps up. 500LSD is one of the most visible new skyscrapers in Chicago as it sits near the base of Navy Pier, the biggest tourist attraction in the Midwest. It is not without controversy, however. Neighborhood groups hoped that such a prominent location would be the home of a...

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Skyscraper Shadows
Aug20

Skyscraper Shadows

The shadows of Gold Coast skyscrapers stretch into Lake Michigan as a Winter afternoon wears on. If you like this photograph, click here to order it as a poster or...

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Status Update: 500 North Lake Shore Drive
Jun28

Status Update: 500 North Lake Shore Drive

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...

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City Fixes the Affront on the Lakefront

Several years after the City of Chicago decided to cut off the heart of Grant Park from Lake Michigan, it’s spending $125,000 to fix the affront. Work started today on a new pedestrian crossing that will link Buckingham Fountain with Queen’s Landing. CDOT installed fencing, bollards, and chains to keep people from following their instincts, and the park’s paths, and crossing Lake Shore Drive to get close to the...

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Streeterville Skyscraper Stalled by Green Screen
May19

Streeterville Skyscraper Stalled by Green Screen

The residential tower proposed for one of the last open plots of land along Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville has been delayed. 42nd Ward alderman Brendan Reilly had the 45-story project called 500 Lake Shore Drive (actually at 516 North Lake Shore Drive) pulled from the agenda of today’s Chicago Plan Commission meeting because of concerns over how the building’s lower facade looks. The building is a bog standard rectangle...

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Tuesday Trivia: Odd Numbers on LSD

Recently we published a photograph of Lake Point Tower, which made me think of this trivia question. Q:  Lake Point Tower (seen below) at 505 North Lake Shore Drive is the only residential building east of North Lake Shore Drive.  But it’s not the only one with an odd house number.  What is the other building with a street address indicating that it is on the east side of Lake Shore Drive? A: 999 North Lake...

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Status Update: The Heisen House

One of the few magnificent old mansions remaining on Lake Shore Drive is being renovated. The Carl Constantine Heisen House (1250 North Lake Shore Drive) looks like it’s been gutted and workers are busy putting things back together.  It’s really amazing that such a beautiful mansion remains at this location when so many of its contemporaries were knocked down so that skyscrapers could be built in their place. In fact,...

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