All about the Drake Tower on "Co-op Row"

The first place Joe Zekas and Francesca Rose profiled on their walk down Lake Shore Drive was the Drake Tower, one of the most sought-after buildings along East Lake Shore Drive’s “Co-op Row.” The tower, located at 179 E Lake Shore Dr, has full access to the services of the adjacent Drake Hotel. It’s instantly recognizable from a distance due to its crowning pyramid.

At the time of their visit, two units were for sale: a full-floor penthouse at $7.5 million, and a 1,200 square-foot unit priced in the $590s, an unusually low price for the building.

Here, Joe and Francesca discuss the tower’s design and the underlying purposes of co-ops in Chicago and elsewhere.

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