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Chicago Apartments

A Century and Beyond of Lakefront Luxury


The Chicago lakefront is one of America’s urban wonders. The ribbon of high-rise luxury apartment buildings along the Lake Michigan shore has few, if any, rivals nationwide for sustained architectural significance. This historic confluence of site, money, style, and development lies at the heart of the updated edition of Neil Harris's Chicago Apartments: A Century and Beyond of Lakefront Luxury. The book features more than one hundred buildings, stretching from south to north and across more than a century, each with its own special combination of design choice, floor plans, and background story. Harris, with the assistance of Teri J. Edelstein, proves to be an affable and knowledgeable tour guide, guiding us through dozens of buildings, detailing a host of inimitable development histories, design choices, floor plans, and more along the way. Of particular note are recent structures on the Chicago River and south of the Loop that are proposing new definitions of comfort and extravagance. Featuring nearly 350 stunning images and a foreword by renowned Chicago author Sara Paretsky, this new edition of Chicago Apartments offers a wide-ranging look inside some of the Windy City’s most magnificent abodes.

368 pages | 344 duotones | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 2020

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"Chicago Apartments is that sort of book—the sort that invites the reader (and the author) to gush over favorites. . . . This is a book rich in a part of Chicago history and living that rarely gets much attention."

Third Coast Review

"When I think of lakefront luxury living in Chicago, a roughly one-mile, zigzag stretch of Lake Shore Drive, from East Pearson Street on the south to North Avenue on the north, comes to mind. . . . When I lived in Chicago and often rode my bike along the lakefront, it was hard to not think what it was like to live inside one of those apartment buildings. The second edition of Chicago Apartments does just that."

John Hill | A Daily Dose of Architecture Books

"This excellent book on Chicago apartment buildings has superb black-and-white photographs of almost 100 distinctive buildings, many with pictures of some of their spectacular interiors."

The City Review

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Sara Paretsky

Chicago’s Luxury Apartments

A Note to the Reader

South Shore

6700 South Crandon Avenue
6901 South Oglesby Avenue
2666 East 73rd Street | THE COASTLAND
7000 South Shore Drive
Hyde Park–Kenwood
5000 South Cornell Avenue
5421 South Cornell Avenue
5801–11 South Dorchester Avenue | THE CLOISTERS
5000 South East End Avenue
5555 South Everett Avenue | JACKSON TOWERS
1648 East 50th Street / 4950 South Chicago Beach Drive | THE POWHATAN
1644 East 56th Street | THE WINDERMERE
5454 South Shore Drive | SHORELAND HOTEL
5530–32 South Shore Drive | PROMONTORY APARTMENTS
5830–44 South Stony Island Avenue | VISTA HOMES

Greater Loop

225 North Columbus Drive | AQUA TOWER
451 East Grand Avenue | ONE BENNETT PARK
1200 South Indiana Avenue | NEMA CHICAGO
400 North Lake Shore Drive | THE SPIRE
505 North Lake Shore Drive | LAKE POINT TOWER
60 East Monroe Street | THE LEGACY
1211 South Prairie Avenue | ONE MUSEUM PARK EAST
400 East Randolph Street | OUTER DRIVE EAST
300 North State Street | MARINA CITY
401 North Wabash Avenue | TRUMP TOWER
403 North Wabash Avenue | RENELLE ON THE RIVER
363 East Wacker Drive | VISTA TOWER RESIDENCES

Near North Side

1200 North Astor Street | MCONNELL APARTMENTS
1209 North Astor Street
1260 North Astor Street
1301 North Astor Street
1325 North Astor Street
20 East Cedar Street | BRADLEY APARTMENTS
70 East Cedar Street
40–50 East Chicago Avenue | HOTEL ST. BENEDICT FLATS
161 East Chicago Avenue | OLYMPIA CENTRE
1366 North Dearborn Parkway | DEARBORN SCHILLER
132 East Delaware Place–900 North Michigan
175 East Delaware Place | JOHN HANCOCK CENTER
55 East Erie Street
179 East Lake Shore Drive | DRAKE TOWER
199 East Lake Shore Drive | THE BREAKERS
209 East Lake Shore Drive
219 East Lake Shore Drive
229 East Lake Shore Drive | THE SHORELAND APARTMENTS
680 North Lake Shore Drive | AMERICAN FURNITURE MART
860/880 North Lake Shore Drive
936 North Lake Shore Drive
999 North Lake Shore Drive | LAKE SHORE APARTMENTS
1040 North Lake Shore Drive | THE CARLYLE
1100 North Lake Shore Drive | MARSHALL APARTMENTS
1120 North Lake Shore Drive
1130 North Lake Shore Drive
1200 North Lake Shore Drive | STEWART APARTMENTS
1242 North Lake Shore Drive
1418 North Lake Shore Drive
1420 North Lake Shore Drive
1430 North Lake Shore Drive
1448 North Lake Shore Drive
1500 North Lake Shore Drive
1540 North Lake Shore Drive
2130 North Lincoln Park West
2300 North Lincoln Park West | BELDEN-STRATFORD HOTEL
2342–44 North Lincoln Park West
800 North Michigan Avenue | PARK TOWER
900 North Michigan Avenue
919 North Michigan Avenue | PALMOLIVE BUILDING
940–980 North Michigan Avenue | ONE MAGNIFICANT MILE
30 West Oak Street
180 East Pearson Street | WATER TOWER PLACE
200 East Pearson Street | CAMPBELL APARTMENTS
60–70 East Scott Street
1320 North State Parkway
1530 North State Parkway
1550 North State Parkway
1244 North Stone Street
232 East Walton Place
233 East Walton Place
9 West Walton Place | Nº 9 WALTON

North Side

2920 North Commonwealth Avenue | COMMONWEALTH TOWERS
325 West Fullerton Parkway
399 West Fullerton Parkway
660–700 West Irving Park Road | THE PATTINGTON
3300 North Lake Shore Drive | SHERIDAN-ALDINE APARTMENTS
3314 North Lake Shore Drive | LE GRIFFON
3400 North Lake Shore Drive | HARBOR APARTMENTS
3500 North Lake Shore Drive | CORNELIA APARTMENTS
3750 North Lake Shore Drive
3800 North Lake Shore Drive | SHERIDAN-GRACE APARTMENTS
3920 North Lake Shore Drive | LAKE SHORE TOWERS
2430 North Lakeview Avenue
2440 North Lakeview Avenue
2450 North Lakeview Avenue
2550 North Lakeview Avenue | LINCOLN PARK 2550
2600 North Lakeview Avenue | MARLBOROUGH APARTMENTS
5000 North Marine Drive | THE AQUITANIA
421 West Melrose Street | EDDYSTONE APARTMENTS
320 West Oakdale Avenue
2800 North Pine Grove Avenue | BREWSTER APARTMENTS
3000 North Sheridan Road
3100 North Sheridan Road | BARRY APARTMENTS
5510 North Sheridan Road | THE RENAISSANCE

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