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The Tides apartments, 360 E South Water St, New East Side

by Joe Zekas on 1/7/14

The Tides is a 51-story, 608-unit apartment tower in the 28-acre Lakeshore East development on Chicago’s New East Side. Occupancy began in 2008.

The building has an on-site parking facility with space for 357 cars.

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

The apartments

The Tides has twenty different studio, convertible, 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 590 to 1,295 square feet.

At the beginning of 2014 studios rented from $1,463 a month, convertibles from $1,736, one-bedrooms from $1,937 and two-bedroom / 2-baths from $2,857.

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

Many of the apartments at The Tides 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, but much better-than-average closet space for studios.

The Tides’ 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 black granite islands, cherry cabinetry, gas ranges, built-in microwaves and refrigerators with icemakers.

Two-bedroom floor plans have dual-bowl vanities in the master bath and the split-bedroom layout popular with roommates and people who work from home. Some of the 2-bedrooms have oversized balconies.

Short-term furnished apartments at The Tides are available from Oakwood, Village Green and VIP Corporate Housing.

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 Tides.

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

In the past, posters purporting to be residents have taken to social media sites to complain of incidents of flooding that affected multiple floors at The Tides.

Views. Views from The Tides may be limited by new construction at Lakeshore East in the future. Coast partially blocks what were once great north-facing views from many of The Tides’ apartments.

Amenities, services, policies

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

The Tides 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 Tides 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 electric car-charging stations in the garage.

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

The Tides 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 Tides has good proximity to the Loop, South Loop, River North and Streeterville neighborhoods.

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 Tides have reasonably convenient access to shopping.


The Mariano’s Fresh Market, just across the Lakeshore East park from The Tides, gets mostly rave reviews on Yelp. There’s a CVS pharmacy next door 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 10-minute walk of The Tides.

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 next door to The Tides. New East Side restaurants include Giordano’s, Tavern at the Park and a number of venues in the neighboring Hyatt, Swissotel and Radisson Blu hotels.

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

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

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

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 Tides.

Just north of The Tides 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. There’s convenient public transportation near The Tides, and a morning rush-hour courtesy shuttle that makes it more accessible.

CTA bus routes along Michigan Ave connect to points west, north and south. CTA train routes are about a 10-minute walk from The Tides.

Trains from Metra’s Millennium Station, a few short blocks from The Tides, reach the University of Chicago in under 20 minutes.

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

A Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby.

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

The competition

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

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings. Higher-floor condos at Aqua are also occasionally available for rent.

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.

The Tides in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Bedbugs strike The Tides
  • Pre-school opens at The Tides
  • The Tides set to begin leasing
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