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Chicago, Illinois, United States

850 Lake Shore Drive

Lendlease was selected by 850 Investors LLC, a joint venture between the National Electrical Benefit Fund and an affiliate of Integrated Development Group, as the general contractor for 850 Lake Shore Drive, a 388,000 square foot adaptive reuse project in Chicago's Streeterville area.

850 Lake Shore Drive

850 Investors LLC

Chicago, Illinois, United States


388,000 square feet

General Construction, GMP

Booth Hansen

Project outcome

Situated at the northeast corner of North Lake Shore Drive and Chestnut Street, the 85-year old building is no stranger to seeing many different uses. Built in 1927 by Chicago architect Jarvis Hunt, it was originally the Lakeshore Athletic Club the same venue that hosted the 1928 Olympic Swimming Trials in which gold medalist and future Hollywood leading man, Johnny Weissmuller, qualified for the Amsterdam games. Fifty years later, in 1977, it was acquired by Northwestern University.

With the help of Booth Hansen, 850 Lake Shore Drive has been luxuriously redesigned into 198 high-end residential apartments with parking, rooftop gardens on the eighth and 20th floors, a roof deck on the 20th floor, building amenities on the fifth floor including a swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness facility. The building offers residents a two-story, 3,500 square foot lounge on the fifth floor, referred to as the White Room, with seating, bar, billiards table, televisions and conference table.

850 Lake Shore Drive achieved LEED-NC Silver.