The classic 17-story building at 850 North Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville was built in the 1920s as a private athletic club and apartments. Northwestern University acquired it for use as a dorm in the 1970s, but shuttered it in 2005 and put the building up for sale.
Integrated Development Group originally proposed to convert the building into a luxury senior lifestyle center, but shifted course and is currently developing it as 198 apartments. The renovation began in March of 2013 and occupancy is expected to begin late this year and continue into 2014. Booth Hansen is the architecture firm.
Information about the unit mix and apartment features and finishes is not yet publicly available.
Views. 850 LSD will not be a view building. North and east-facing units will have views over the lake and of little else.
Amenities, services, policies
The building has a 35 x 75 foot indoor pool that hosted trials for the 1928 Olympics. Residents will also have access to a rooftop lounge and landscaped deck, and a fitness center. Indoor valet parking will be available on-site.
The building is seeking LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.
The building is in the older, north section of Streeterville, an area characterized by a rich architectural mix ranging from vintage 1920s co-ops to the iconic John Hancock Center. 850 Lake Shore Drive is adjacent to Mies van der Rohe’s instantly-recognizable modernist landmarks at 860-880 Lake Shore Drive.
Walk Score gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” score of 94 and an “Excellent Transit” score of 85.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
Beginning a block west of 850 LSD you enter a restaurant-dense environment, with something for almost every mood and palate. Much of the scene caters to hotel guests, office workers and tourists, but there’s also a plethora of neighborhood favorites. River North nightlife is a few minutes’ walk away.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is adjacent to Lake Shore Park, a short stroll from 850 LSD.
Head south to Navy Pier if you’re in a tourist state of mind.
Parks, recreation. Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is a few steps south of the building.
Transportation. The location is poorly served by public transportation. The nearest CTA bus routes stop several blocks from the building, and CTA trains and Metra rail service are not within convenient walking distance.
Access to and from Lake Shore Drive is convenient. Reaching I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can often be time-consuming. Expect near-gridlock conditions when there’s a major event in the neighborhood.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.
850 LSD in the news
More recent items are listed first.
$80 million for Lake Shore Drive apartments IDG begins redevelopment of Lake Shore Athletic Club Expert advice on luxury senior living Lake Shore Athletic Club being railroaded to extinction New talks could save Lake Shore Athletic Club Alderman opposes demolition of Lake Shore Athletic Club Northwestern to sell Lake Shore Drive dorm
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