In Lakeview, apartment development project for the Lake Shore Drive site


A preliminary proposal to redevelop a vacant Lake View parcel at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Waveland Avenue appeared Thursday in an email from the office of 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman.

The presentation of City Club Apartments shows two glazed buildings: a five-story, 66-foot residential structure at the south end of the site and a 19-story, 206-foot mixed-use tower to the north. The buildings share a low-rise base, new landscaping, and a vehicular cul-de-sac accessible from Waveland Avenue. It is unclear how many rental units and parking spaces are included in the plan.

The parcel in question is located directly across from an existing condominium building at 3660 N. Lake Shore Drive and is one of the few undeveloped lakefront sites in Chicago. Offering unobstructed views to the east, the location has been at the center of redevelopment speculation for some time and legal negotiations with its neighbors to the west.

Alderman Cappleman’s chief of staff, Tressa Feher, said the project is still ongoing and things like height, design and number of units are subject to change. “It’s a little early to dig deeper,” Feher told Curbed Chicago. “There are still legal entry and exit issues and other easements that need to be resolved. But we put this out there because so many neighbors asked about the project.

Cappleman will meet at least once with the 46th Ward zoning committee to review the plans and gather feedback before making his decision on the project. City Club Apartments is an active developer with locations throughout the Midwest. The group is behind residential projects on the Gold Coast and Chicago’s Loop.

A rendering of the development’s driveway and cul-de-sac from Waveland Avenue.
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