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Lake Point Tower, Chicago

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Lake Point Tower is a high-rise residential building located on a promontory of the Lake Michigan lakefront in downtown Chicago, just north of the Chicago River at 505 North Lake Shore Drive. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. It rises somewhat apart from the urban cluster of downtown Chicago in a composition that sets off and punctuates the skyline. The building is also the only skyscraper in downtown Chicago east of Lake Shore Drive.DevelopmentThe architects for Lake Point Tower were John Heinrich and George Schipporeit, working under the firm name of Schipporeit and Heinrich; the two were students of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the best known architects of the Bauhaus movement and International Style school, who taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Lake Point Tower was completed in 1968, is approximately 645ft tall, and was the tallest apartment building in the world at that time. The project developer was William F. Hartnett, Jr., chairman and founder of Hartnett-Shaw Development Company, which was responsible for more than 260 residential and commercial real estate developments in the United States from 1961–1983.
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  • Standing alone on the lakefront side of Lake Shore Drive, is a gorgeous building with graceful curves, Lake Point Tower. It is unique, not because of its amazing architecture but because there is a la...  more »
  • We saw this building first on our Seadog Boat Tour. My little guy quickly pointed to it and said it looked like a Giant Fidget Spinner, which it really did. There is an interesting story behind why an...  more »
  • This building is grand on many scales but what sets it apart from other skyscrapers is that it is not near many other buildings of similar height so it really stands out. It is one of the first buildi...  more »
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  • Never have been inside the place so I couldn't comment on that. But as a building it is visually spectacular to Chicago's skyline and sitting right there next to the lake really adds to its character.
  • Unbeatable views, central location and special parking rates for residents make this a great spot to live if you like being around the vibrant heart of downtown Chicago.
  • The doorman was very rude. The decor seems a little outdated. But, the view can't be beat!
  • Top city location, close to lake, parks and most events and activities. Iconic condo building with outstanding city views.
  • Amazing views. Excellent and clean amenities. Large spaces to host guests.

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