Five condos for sale on Lake Shore Drive – Chicago Magazine


“There’s a road I’d like to tell you about, lives in my hometown
Lake Shore Drive, the road is called and it will take you up or down…”

In the early 1970s, the Chicago-based band Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah paid homage to Lake Shore Drive, the nearly 16-mile road that runs north to south along the shore of Lake Michigan, in a song to success. Last year, the outer portion of this famous highway was officially renamed DuSable Lake Shore Drive in honor of the city’s first non-native settler, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable. Before being called Lake Shore Drive, this main thoroughfare was known as both Leif Ericson Drive and Field Boulevard. Its beginnings can be traced to another well-known Chicagoan, Potter Palmer, who helped fund a levee and pave the road so it could be extended south of Oak Street in the 1880s. In 1910 the road was extended through Lincoln Park to Belmont Avenue. Before the age of the automobile, wealthy owners used it for leisurely walks or horse-drawn carriage rides. Architect Benjamin Marshall predicted that in the future all single family homes on the lake would be demolished because far too many people would want that view. He was right. If you are interested in living in one of the skyscrapers that now tower over the scenic route, here are some properties currently for sale.

Let’s start with this multi-million dollar penthouse that has been on and off the market for the past year. The Breakers was designed by architects Marshall & Fox in 1915 (the same team responsible for the Drake Hotel down the block). The over 4,000 square foot, three-bedroom, five-bathroom triplex is connected by a grand staircase and private elevator. The third level opens to a private 1,000 square foot rooftop garden. Imagine enjoying the view of Lake Michigan while surrounded by trees, lush hydrangeas and a lion head fountain.

Completed in 1968, the Lake Point Tower is the only skyscraper located east of Lake Shore Drive. Sitting on a large podium and private park, the Y-shaped design with curved exterior walls offers privacy and views to its residents. This one bedroom, one bath condo has recently been updated with all the modern luxuries you can see from the Italian marble floors to the brand new custom kitchen. The mirrored wall helps open up the 800 square foot living space. Imagine admiring the sweeping panorama of the cityscape and lake from the bathroom’s freestanding tub.

On sale for four months, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is very bright thanks to the north, west and south exposures. Residents of this East Lake View condominium complex enjoy 24-hour security, indoor parking garage, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and rooftop terrace at the 38th floor. The monthly HOA fee of nearly $1,500 covers these amenities as well as heat, water, air conditioning, cable TV, and Internet. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed. But at least the incredible views of Lake Michigan will keep you company.

Two of the most famous buildings located on Lake Shore Drive are the modernist glass towers designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1949-51. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom corner unit offers stunning floor-to-ceiling northeast views of Lake Michigan from North Avenue Beach to Navy Pier. Renovated in 2019, the turnkey residence features a custom open concept kitchen, marble and glass bathrooms, Molteni closet systems and recessed lighting throughout the space. As an owner, you are part of a cooperative that owns, maintains and manages the two architecturally significant properties.

This famous Beaux-Arts skyscraper which rises ten stories above the driveway where north meets east was the first structure to be built in what is now the famous East district Lakeshore. Almost ten years ago a book was published detailing the history of the building and its inhabitants – athlete Marjorie Dodd Letts and Standard Oil Chairman William M. Burton lived in this particular unit. With 10-foot ceilings, spacious bedrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows, the $1.1 million two-bedroom, three-bathroom property recently got a price cut. You can enjoy lake views from the living room, dining room, and master bedroom of this updated yet traditional condo.


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