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The Shoreham apartments, 400 E South Water St, New East Side

by Joe Zekas on 1/9/14

The Shoreham is a 46-story, 548-unit apartment tower in the 28-acre Lakeshore East development on Chicago’s New East Side.

The Shoreham, which opened for occupancy in 2005, was the first apartment building completed in the Lakeshore East development. The building has garage parking and ground-floor retail space.

Magellan Development was the developer and Walsh Construction the general contractor. Loewenberg + Associates was the architecture firm.

The apartments

The Shoreham has twenty different studio, convertible, 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 550 to 1,300 square feet.

At the beginning of 2014 studios rented from $1,418 a month, convertibles from $1,605, one-bedrooms from $1,772 and two-bedroom / 2-baths from $2,859.

Floor plans and near real-time availability information are accessible online.

Eleven of the twenty floor plans at The Shoreham have private balconies. Closet space is generous in most of the apartments. Two of the convertible floor plans have sleeping alcoves that are a tight fit for furniture. Studio apartments have small living areas – very small in one of the plans – but much better-than-average closet space for studios.

The Shoreham’ apartment ceiling heights are 8-feet. Floor-to-ceiling windows help make the space feel more expansive. The apartments are carpeted. All have in-unit washer / dryers.

Kitchens have granite islands, maple cabinetry, gas ranges, built-in microwaves and refrigerators with icemakers.

Three of the five two-bedroom floor plans have dual-bowl vanities in the master bath, and all five have the split-bedroom layout popular with roommates and people who work from home.

If a stall shower is one of your must-have features, you’ll need to look elsewhere. There are none to be found at The Shoreham.

The building has a 2-pipe heating and cooling system, which limits the availability of heat and air-conditioning during seasonal transitions.

Short-term furnished apartments at The Shoreham are available from Manilow Suites and VIP Corporate Housing.

Views. The Shoreham has good views over Lakeshore East Park to the south, and dramatic views to the northwest which are partially blocked by the new Coast apartment building. The best views from The Shoreham may be constricted by new construction at Lakeshore East in the future.

Amenities, services, policies

The Shoreham is a full-amenity building with a solid amenities package.

The Shoreham has an outdoor pool and landscaped sun deck with barbecue areas.

The building has a fitness center with cardio and weight-training equipment, hot tubs, sauna and steam rooms and a private massage room.

The Shoreham has a business center, a game room and lounge, and a party room with a catering kitchen. The building also has bike storage, resident storage areas and furnished suites to accommodate overnight guests.

The building sponsors a number of social events for residents and provides residents a rewards program that offers discounts at local businesses.

The Shoreham has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff and 24/7 door staff. Garage parking is available on-site.

Cats and dogs are accepted, subject to restrictions.

The location

The Shoreham has good proximity to the Loop, South Loop, River North and Streeterville neighborhoods. That said, it’s the least accessible of the Lakeshore East apartment towers.

The location attracts residents who want to walk to work or to school, and empty-nesters returning to the city or opting for a second home.

Shopping. Residents at The Shoreham have reasonably convenient access to shopping.


The Mariano’s Fresh Market, just across the Lakeshore East park from The Shoreham, gets mostly rave reviews on Yelp. There’s a CVS pharmacy a few doors east at Aqua.


The Shops at North Bridge, 50 stores and 20 restaurants anchored by Nordstrom, and State Street shops, anchored by Macy’s, are within a 15-minute walk of The Shoreham.

Dining, nightlife. A lot of the dining and nightlife options in the immediate area, as you’d expect, cater to hotel guests, office workers and tourists.


Caffe Rom is in the building. New East Side restaurants include Giordano’s, Tavern at the Park and a number of venues in the neighboring Fairmont, Hyatt, Swissotel and Radisson Blu hotels.

There are far too many bars and restaurants within walking distance of The Shoreham to list.

Cultural attractions. The Shoreham is near many of Chicago’s most popular cultural attractions.

The Loop’s theatre district begins a few blocks west of The Shoreham.

The Art Institute, Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony are a short walk or cab ride from the building.

Parks, recreation. There’s a six-acre park within the Lakeshore East development.


The park, which provides mainly passive recreational opportunities, includes a variety of shaded areas, seating areas, water features, a children’s play area and a dog park.

Millennium Park, one of the city’s main attractions, is a short walk south of The Shoreham.

Just north of The Shoreham is a stairway to the Riverwalk, which is undergoing an expansion. There are a variety of dining and recreational opportunities along the river, and docks for seasonal tour boats.

Transportation. CTA bus routes along Michigan Ave connect to points west, north and south.

CTA train routes are about a 15-minute walk from The Shoreham. A weekday morning rush-hour courtesy shuttle stops at the building and travels to Michigan and Randolph. The #60 bus (pdf) on Randolph takes residents directly into the Loop and West Loop.

Trains from Metra’s Millennium Station, a 10-minute walk from The Shoreham, reach the University of Chicago in under 20 minutes.

Some residents of The Shoreham may consider cabs the best form of public transportation, and service is available 24/7.

Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby.

The Shoreham has good proximity to Lake Shore Drive, but inconvenient access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid.

The competition

The Shoreham’s most direct competitors are the recently-opened Coast, just northeast of The Shoreham, Aqua and The Tides.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

You’ll find additional tips and options at YoChicago’s Guide to renting in Chicago’s Loop / New East Side and our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments.

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