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A History of Popular Lake Shore Drive Buildings and Locations

 Chicago lakefront condos and co-ops arrived in Streeterville and the Gold Coast as early as 1911. These luxury residences were designed to offer a lifestyle as grand as homes along the North Shore with gracious foyers, living rooms with wood burning fireplaces, formal dining rooms, libraries, eat-in kitchens, and en-suite bedrooms. Designed by the most prominent architects of that period, these historically significant buildings are renowned today for their grace and elegance, and lobbies often inspired by European castles and chateaux. While these impressive homes didn't come with butlers, residents, then and now, are pampered  with white glove service and full time door staff. Architects of these pre-war luxury condos and co-ops include Benjamin Marshall, who designed 1200 North Lake Shore Drive, 1550 North State Parkway, 179 East Lake Shore Drive, and 999 East Lake Shore Drive. Robert S. De Golyer's buildings include 1430 North Lake Shore Drive, 1242 North Lake Shore Drive, and 1320 North State Parkway.

If you're looking for an elegant pre-war condominium or co-op to call home, narrow your search and browse here to see all Chicago luxury vintage condos and co-ops for sale >

Condominium buildings of the nineteen- fifties and sixties were smaller and devoid of the architectural significance of pre-war condominiums and co-ops. Ceilings were lowered to 8-feet, hardwood floors were replaced with concrete and covered with wall-to-wall carpet, and  dining rooms became a small section of the living room. Buildings were taller and there were many more condominiums on one floor, a striking contrast to the privacy offered vintage apartments on semi-private floors. A few buildings of this period, however, are worth noting, none more so than the co-op apartments at 860 North Lake Shore Drive and 880 North Lake Shore Drive. The 26-story twin towers, or the Glass Houses, designed by Mies van der Rohe, a director of the Bauhaus, a seminal school in modern architecture. From the moment of completion in 1951, the Glass Houses received international recognition, becoming the prototype for high-rise residential buildings. Many of the modest apartments with large living rooms and small bedrooms and baths have been redesigned and combined over the years. Always favored by architects, the popularity of mid-century modernism has, once again,  brought well-deserved attention to these celebrated Streeterville co-ops. .

Another Lake Shore Drive high-rise that modernized with the times is 1000 North Lake Shore Plaza. The 55-floor condominium building was the tallest concrete building in the world when it opened in 1964.  Located in a prime location on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and fashionable Oak Street, the lake and city views are exceptional. Many 1000 North Lake Shore Plaza apartments have been combined and renovated with wood floors, luxury spa baths, and open kitchens, and they command prices comparable to newer  luxury condominiums on Lake Shore Drive. 

By the late sixties, however, tastes were trending more upscale, and, in 1967, the  Gold Coast had its first luxury high-rise condominium: The Carlyle at 1040 North Lake Shore Drive. It was thirty-six stories and  the first high-rise inspired by the grand pre-war apartments, offering  house-like layouts, en-suite bedrooms,  master bedroom suites with two full baths, libraries, formal dining areas and large kitchens. The east-facing wall of windows frame Oak Street Beach, and stunning lake and city views can be enjoyed from your private balcony. The 100 condominiums are divided between two towers and, similar to luxury pre-war buildings, there are only two apartments per floor.  The Carlyle is still renowned for its first-class service, pampering residents with a concierge, two doormen, a full maintenance staff. and valet service at the front door. 

Except for 1418 North Lake Shore Drive, completed in 1983, the majority of modern buildings along the drive were built in the sixties and seventies. Only 44 feet wide, 1418 North Lake Shore Drive is a luxury condominium offering owners private elevator access to a single floor residence spanning 3,100 square feet.

if you are looking for a lakefront condo that's a good value in a full-service building  with the best views, on-site parking, and amenities, take a close look at all the buildings along Lake Shore Drive, you will even find two with lakefront balconies: 1212 North Lake Shore Drive and 1300 North Lake Shore Drive. .At the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Cedar Street is 1100 North Lake Shore Drive. A boutique building with only 74 units and three apartment on each floor, two of which are unique duplex layouts with master bedrooms on the lakefront.

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 Ultra Luxury Condominiums for Sale

 No. 9 Walton condominiums, where raw space sells for $1,200/SF, was originally built with only 66 condominiums, but many have been combined. The simplex, duplex, and full-floor layouts with 2, 3, 4, and 5 bedroom floor plans offer square footage ranging from 2,252 for a two bedroom to 7,065 square feet for a five bedroom. The duplex penthouses are approximately 12,00 square feet. The lavish interiors and craftsmanship are at the highest level and all units have fireplaces with marble mantles, balconies,  8" decorative wood base trim, and ceiling heights between 10 and 12 feet. Designed with first-class luxury in mind. No. 9 Walton offers residents a car and driver, a state of the art fitness center with personal training services, an indoor lap pool, an entertainment and social lounge, an on-site dry cleaner, a covered dog run, and two guest suites. No. 9 Walton is a new level of luxury.      SEARCH NO 9 WALTON CONDOS FOR SALE>>

 

A Short History of Chicago’s Lakefront Condos
The history of Chicago’s lakefront condominiums from the first pre-war co-ops on East Lake Shore Drive in 1911 through today’s modern multi-million dollar Gold Coast condos

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Chicago luxury condos and co-ops arrived in Streeterville and the Gold Coast as early as 1911. These pre-war residences were designed to offer a lifestyle as grand as homes along the North Shore with gracious foyers, living rooms with wood burning fireplaces, formal dining rooms, libraries, eat-in kitchens, and en-suite bedrooms. Designed by the most prominent architects of that period, these historically significant buildings are renowned today for their grace and elegance, and lobbies often inspired by European castles and chateaux. While these impressive homes didn't come with butlers, residents, then and now, are pampered with white glove service and full time door staff. Architects of these pre-war luxury condos and co-ops include Benjamin Marshall, who designed 1200 North Lake Shore Drive, 1550 North State Parkway, 179 East Lake Shore Drive, and 999 East Lake Shore Drive. Robert S. De Golyer's buildings include 1430 North Lake Shore Drive, 1242 North Lake Shore Drive, and 1320 North State Parkway. Condominium buildings of the nineteen- fifties and sixties were smaller and devoid of the architectural significance of pre-war condominiums and co-ops. Ceilings were lowered to 8-feet, hardwood floors were replaced with concrete and covered with wall-to-wall carpet, and dining rooms became a small section of the living room. Buildings were taller and there were many more condominiums on one floor, a striking contrast to the privacy offered vintage apartments on semi-private floors. A few buildings of this period, however, are worth noting, none more so than the co-op apartments at 860 North Lake Shore Drive and 880 North Lake Shore Drive. The 26-story twin towers, or the Glass Houses, designed by Mies van der Rohe, a director of the Bauhaus, a seminal school in modern architecture. From the moment of completion in 1951, the Glass Houses received international recognition, becoming the prototype for high-rise residential buildings. Many of the modest apartments with large living rooms and small bedrooms and baths have been redesigned and combined over the years. Always favored by architects, the popularity of mid-century modernism has, once again, brought well-deserved attention to these celebrated Streeterville co-ops. . Another Lake Shore Drive high-rise that modernized with the times is 1000 North Lake Shore Plaza. The 55-floor condominium building was the tallest concrete building in the world when it opened in 1964. Located in a prime location on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and fashionable Oak Street, the lake and city views are exceptional. Many 1000 North Lake Shore Plaza apartments have been combined and renovated with wood floors, luxury spa baths, and open kitchens, and they command prices comparable to newer luxury condominiums on Lake Shore Drive. By the late sixties, however, tastes were trending more upscale, and, in 1967, the Gold Coast had its first luxury high-rise condominium: The Carlyle at 1040 North Lake Shore Drive. It was thirty-six stories and the first high-rise inspired by the grand pre-war apartments, offering house-like layouts, en-suite bedrooms, master bedroom suites with two full baths, libraries, formal dining areas and large kitchens. The east-facing wall of windows frame Oak Street Beach, and stunning lake and city views can be enjoyed from your private balcony. The 100 condominiums are divided between two towers and, similar to luxury pre-war buildings, there are only two apartments per floor. The Carlyle is still renowned for its first-class service, pampering residents with a concierge, two doormen, a full maintenance staff. and valet service at the front door. Except for 1418 North Lake Shore Drive, completed in 1983, the majority of modern buildings along the drive were built in the sixties and seventies. Only 44 feet wide, 1418 North Lake Shore Drive is a luxury condominium offering owners private elevator access to a single floor residence spanning 3,100 square feet. if you are looking for a lakefront condo that's a good value in a full-service building with the best views, on-site parking, and amenities, take a close look at all the buildings along Lake Shore Drive, you will even find two with lakefront balconies: 1212 North Lake Shore Drive and 1300 North Lake Shore Drive. .At the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Cedar Street is 1100 North Lake Shore Drive. A boutique building with only 74 units and three apartment on each floor, two of which are unique duplex layouts with master bedrooms on the lakefront. Ultra Luxury Condominiums for Sale Today No. 9 Walton condominiums, where raw space sells for $1,200/SF, was originally built with only 66 condominiums, but many have been combined. The simplex, duplex, and full-floor layouts with 2, 3, 4, and 5 bedroom floor plans offer square footage ranging from 2,252 for a two bedroom to 7,065 square feet for a five bedroom. The duplex penthouses are approximately 12,00 square feet. The lavish interiors and craftsmanship are at the highest level and all units have fireplaces with marble mantles, balconies, 8" decorative wood base trim, and ceiling heights between 10 and 12 feet. Designed with first-class luxury in mind. No. 9 Walton offers residents a car and driver, a state of the art fitness center with personal training services, an indoor lap pool, an entertainment and social lounge, an on-site dry cleaner, a covered dog run, and two guest suites. No. 9 Walton is a new level of luxury. SEARCH NO 9 WALTON CONDOS FOR SALE

 

No 9 Walton

Chicago, IL 60611
No. 9 Walton condominiums, where raw space sells for $1,200/SF, was originally built with only 66 condos, but many have been combined. The simplex, duplex, and full-floor layouts with 2, 3, 4, and 5 bedroom floor plans offer square footage ranging from 2,252 for a two bedroom to 7,065 square feet for a five bedroom. The duplex penthouses are approximately 12,00 square feet. The lavish interiors and craftsmanship are at the highest level and all units have fireplaces with marble mantles, balconies, 8" decorative wood base trim, and ceiling heights between 10 and 12 feet. Designed with first-class luxury in mind. No. 9 Walton offers residents a car and driver, a state of the art fitness center with personal training services, an indoor lap pool, an entertainment and social lounge, an on-site dry cleaner, a covered dog run, and two guest suites. No. 9 Walton is a new level of luxury