A visit to Lake Point Tower, by air and by land

The 70-story Lake Point Tower soars in splendid, undulating isolation as the only high-rise east of Lake Shore Drive. It’s likely to retain that distinction if Chicago honors the Canal Commission’s 1836 decree that the lakefront “remain forever open, clear and free of any buildings or other obstruction whatever.”

When it was completed in 1968 Lake Point Tower, at 645 feet, was the tallest residential building in the world. Its height, design and location just north of the Chicago River on a point jutting out into Lake Michigan have made it a Chicago icon.

Join me for a look at Lake Point Tower from a helicopter last fall and a drive last summer. The aerial photographs are by Michael Kardas.

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