Los Angeles, California, United States
Rising at the confluence of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, 400 Lake Shore will reshape the skyline with two towers reaching nearly 900 feet, articulated with terraces that cascade down the eastern facades. Tapering in both plan and section, the towers frame a view of the lake, while angling back towards the cityscape. The classic “Chicago window”—a bay window design that is a hallmark of the city’s historic architecture—is reimagined as a shallow bay of floor-to-ceiling glass, with metal detailing that evokes the rippling surface of Lake Michigan.
Reminiscent of a waterfall, the exterior of each tower incorporates expansive outdoor terraces that extend individual residences beyond their walls. Placed at carefully proportioned intervals, these outdoor living areas present a rare opportunity to enjoy sweeping, 180-degree views of the adjacent lakefront, river and cityscape.
A plaza between the two towers will mark the end of Water Street, featuring amenities, public art, and spaces for residents and guests within a two-story podium. 400 Lake Shore will redefine the north edge of Chicago’s Riverwalk, with open spaces and pedestrian routes connecting to the planned DuSable Park. With views encompassing the lakefront, cityscape, and the river, this site, once home to Chicago’s pioneering figure Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable, will become a legacy shared with future generations of Chicagoans.