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Old September 6th, 2004, 08:42 PM   #21
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The Lakeshore East sales center is in One Superior Place (just north of Blockbuster)... located on State between Huron and Superior.
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Old September 6th, 2004, 09:04 PM   #22
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geoff, do you know what the temporary building is at the far east end of upper wacker (where it ends)...i thought that was a sales office, too; am i wrong.
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Old September 7th, 2004, 04:56 PM   #23
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It sure looks like a sales center to me. I guess it's possible that they could have two? Maybe it's a construction office?
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Old September 7th, 2004, 06:08 PM   #24
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Maybe it's a construction office?

It's a sales center for Lakeshore East. . . don't know what's become of the one at Superior Place. . .
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Old September 7th, 2004, 06:37 PM   #25
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The one next door to BlockBuster on State and Huron is still open. I was by there on Saturday.
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Old September 7th, 2004, 10:35 PM   #26
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I can't wait for this to be complete, it's very nice looking.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 12:41 AM   #27
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Snapped a few shots today when I was in the park.

Here's the latest progress on the Shoreham:


And here's the Lancaster, all nice and topped out

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Old September 13th, 2004, 07:35 AM   #28
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Okay, so, yes, we're naughty. Tiffani and I took this glorious Sunday to sneak into Lakeshore East and do a bit of site-seeing. Originally, my intention was just to poke around the site a bit and get some photos for you guys, but, what can I say? I couldn't resist the temptation that lay in front of me. Getting inside the Shoreham proved to be a very easy task and we decided to go up as high as we could. We ran out of railings on the stairs around the 20th floor, and by the 27th, we plumb ran out of stairs . At any rate, here's some of the shots that I got while there. I really hope everyone enjoys as we went to a lot of trouble to bring these to you

I believe this is the space that will be occupied by the Regatta (sp?):


Looking at the grand staircase that leads out of the park and perimeter drive:


One of the fountains in the central park:


One of the lighting fixtures that ring the park (inside of the perimeter):


The northern portion of the perimeter road that rings the park (looking east):


One of the lighting fixtures that surround the perimeter drive:


Overview of the western half of the site from Middle Wacker:


Exterior shot of the Shoreham from Middle Wacker:


Looking down at the portion of the site just off the eastern-most edge of the Shoreham (from about the 20th floor):


Looking southwest across the site toward the future location of 340 on the Park (from about the 20th floor of the Shoreham):


Looking down on the middle and western-most portions of the central park (from the 27th floor):


Looking down on the eastern portion of the central park (from the 27th floor):


Looking north from a unit on the 27th floor:


Another shot of the fountains in the park:


Another shot of the grand staircase:


The eastern-most portion of the site (where I assume Target will be):


Looking west across the site from the 27th floor:


Exterior shot of the Lancaster from the 27th of the Shoreham:


Some of the facade treatment already applied at the base of the Shoreham:


Interior shot of the 9th floor of the Shoreham:


15th floor elevator bank in the Shoreham:


Looking down a framed-out hallway on the 6th floor of the Shoreham:


Southwest portion of the Shoreham's first level:


View from a unit around the 15th floor of the Shoreham:


Same view from the entry-foyer of the 15th floor unit:


Looking west across an unframed floor in the Shoreham:


Again, looking west across and unframed floor:


Northwest view from the 27th floor:


That's all for now... anyone who wants to go out there next weekend... let me know... I might be up for trying to get into the Lancaster
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Old September 13th, 2004, 04:03 PM   #29
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Great spy photos! Anyhow the Regatta will be situated east and north of the Shoreham along Wacker Drive. . . the space in the photo you posted is likely going to be filled in with townhomes or possibly some commercial structure. . .
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Old September 13th, 2004, 05:03 PM   #30
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Ahhh... I know exactly where you're talking about Thanks.
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Old September 13th, 2004, 07:55 PM   #31
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Geoff, Thanks for the urban exploration. Great pics, I am guessing you had to climb all of those stairs to the 27th floor? That's quite a climb.
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Old September 13th, 2004, 08:14 PM   #32
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WOWZERS, GD! The urban explorer has brought home the bounty! It's pictorographic explorers like you, Qwerty, and Goonsta who make visiting this site so rewarding

Even though it shall take many years, I can't wait for Lakeshore East to be complete. It will be the ultimate urban neighborhood. Shops, a school, grand staircase with a park and fountains, all like a valley surrounded by highrises in the middle of downtown Chicago. I'm sure buses will come around Harbor Drive and take riders off into their jobs in the loop. Ahh, I look forward to this masterpiece coming into fruition! Some day I will live in Lakeshore East..
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Old September 13th, 2004, 08:29 PM   #33
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I *heart* Geoff!

Those pictures of Lancaster has been one of the rare instances for me where the actual building has far surpassed the renderings in design quality and aesthetics.

Lakeshore East will simply be amazing when completed. Now... it just needs some CTA connections...
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Old September 13th, 2004, 08:40 PM   #34
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Glad everyone's enjoying And yes... we had to climb all the way to the top (the breakers for the construction elevators had pad-locks on 'em)
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Old September 13th, 2004, 11:26 PM   #35
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Lakeshore East will never get an 'L line.
It, however, would be a great place to experiment on light rail. Imagine, a trolley running around Harbor Drive and taking office workers into the loop.

Nevertheless, the best CTA connection for Lakeshore East would be a trolley/bus running around Harbor Drive and taking riders to State and Randolph. From there, riders can 1) take the elevated train wherever, 2) take the Red Line Subway, 3) walk somewhere, 4) Take the State St. bus, or 5) Take the Block 37 express trains to the airports!
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Old September 14th, 2004, 12:44 AM   #36
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Lakeshore East will never get an 'L line.
It, however, would be a great place to experiment on light rail. Imagine, a trolley running around Harbor Drive and taking office workers into the loop.
Never expected an L line, I meant something like a strong bus connection or, as you say, a light rail/trolley line.

Plus, it would be a good time to also connect streeterville/gold coast as well, eh?
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Old September 14th, 2004, 01:20 AM   #37
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I don't really feel like the Gold Coast is lacking connectivity... Streeterville, on the other hand, is a whole 'nother story.
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Old September 14th, 2004, 03:31 AM   #38
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The #60 bus goes to the far eastern end of Randolph right now, I would imagine that all they need to do is extend it's run. Beisides, most of the folks living there won't be taking public transit, if they don't drive, they will take a taxi.
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Old September 14th, 2004, 03:36 AM   #39
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great photos you got for us!

so what else is going to be open when residents start moving into the towers? I would have thought that it would be a good idea to have more than two towers ready in addition to the townhomes, the park, and the retail ready before _anyone_ moved in... so that it wouldn't seem so much like a construction site.
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Old September 14th, 2004, 03:43 AM   #40
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^
Sadly... Developers could care less about their buyers living in a construction zone. For them it's all about closing on the units, paying off construction loans, and reaping huge profits.
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