Lakeshore East Finally Gets A School But Not What It Expected
Jun12

Lakeshore East Finally Gets A School But Not What It Expected

For as long as there have been bulldozers turning dirt in Lakeshore East, there have been neighbors anxiously, even angrily, awaiting the construction of a new public elementary school to once and for all turn the development into a neighborhood. We can report the good news — a school is coming.  And the bad news — It’s not going to be public. One of the hazards of being an urban pioneer is that the promises of...

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Looking at Lakeshore East
Jun08

Looking at Lakeshore East

One of the very first posts we put on this blog almost ten years ago showed the early days of the development of Lakeshore East.  Back then the area that would become downtown Chicago’s newest master planned community was just a big dirt lot as bulldozers transformed a temporary golf course into an urban oasis. But ten years ago is nothing in comparison with the overall time that Lakeshore East has been on the drawing boards....

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Status Update: The Shops at Lakeshore East

It looks like the long-awaited supermarket at Lakeshore East is inching closer to reality. When I moved to LSE in January, 2004 the leasing agents were all excited about the supermarket that would open “within months.” I continued shopping with Peapod, and by the time I left in 2007, there was still nothing but a mud hole where the store was supposed to go. Today I stopped by to see if anything had changed in the year...

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Looking Up Aqua’s Skirt
Jan28

Looking Up Aqua’s Skirt

For the last few years, Aqua (430 East Waterside Drive), the Studio Gang skyscraper that anchors the west end of Lakeshore East, has generated more local and international buzz than pretty much any other new Chicago building.  But most people only admire it from afar. Even those tourists and architectural photographers who make us feel up-close to Aqua while trying to make sense, patterns, and art out of its rows of wavy balconies...

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