Lake Point Tower
Lake Point Tower.jpg
Lake Point Tower is located in Chicago metropolitan area
Lake Point Tower
Location within Chicago metropolitan area
Lake Point Tower is located in Illinois
Lake Point Tower
Lake Point Tower (Illinois)
Lake Point Tower is located in the United States
Lake Point Tower
Lake Point Tower (the United States)
General information
LocationChicago, Illinois, United States
Coordinates41°53′30″N 87°36′44″W / 41.89167°N 87.61222°W / 41.89167; -87.61222Coordinates: 41°53′30″N 87°36′44″W / 41.89167°N 87.61222°W / 41.89167; -87.61222
Construction started1965
Roof645 ft (197 m)
Technical details
Floor count70
Floor area1,299,990 sq ft (120,773 m2)

Lake Point Tower is a residential skyscraper located on a promontory of the Lake Michigan waterfront in Chicago, just north of the Chicago River at 505 North Lake Shore Drive. Completed in 1968, it is in the Streeterville neighborhood on the Near North Side. Located adjacent to Navy Pier, the building is the only skyscraper in the city east of Lake Shore Drive.

Its tall curved three wing 'Y' shape was an inspiration for the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Chicago-born architect Adrian Smith.[2]


Lake Point Tower from St. Regis Chicago between Navy Pier and Lake Shore Drive, 2022
Lake Point Tower from St. Regis Chicago between Navy Pier and Lake Shore Drive, 2022

The 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 645 feet (197 m) 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.

Because of its height and lakeside site, the skyscraper had to be designed to withstand high winds. At the center of the building is a triangular core, 59 feet wide, that contains nine elevators and three stairwells. This core holds all of the vertical weight of the building, allowing the perimeter columns on the facade to be much smaller.

Radiating from the core are three arms that form an asymmetrical Y-shaped floor plan. The original four-armed design was changed to a three-armed design (120° apart). The outer walls are curved to prevent residents from seeing into other condominiums.[3] The façade of the building is a curtain of bronze-tinted glass framed by gold-anodized aluminum, which reflects the sunlight off of Lake Michigan and looks golden.[4]

Other features

Looking up at the tower in July 2018
Looking up at the tower in July 2018

Well known for its graceful curves and picturesque location, Lake Point Tower is the only major private structure on the east side of Lake Shore Drive. Its position between Lake Shore Drive and Navy Pier gives it unobstructed views in all directions that are protected by ordinances limiting construction on the city's waterfront.

At the top of the building on its 70th floor, is the upscale restaurant Cité.[5]

Lake Point Tower was one of the first high-rise residential buildings in the world to feature all-electric appliances. It pioneered the concept of the "Park in the City," as the first residential complex in a major city[citation needed] to have its own two-and-one-half acre park—including a playground, pool, duck pond, and waterfalls — three stories above ground. There are shops and restaurants on the first two levels of the complex, under the park.

Film and television shot on location

Lake Point Tower has been host to many shoots including:

Notable residents

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Position in Chicago's skyline

311 South WackerWillis TowerChicago Board of Trade Building111 South WackerAT&T Corporate CenterKluczynski Federal Building333 South WabashChase TowerThree First National PlazaMid-Continental PlazaRichard J. Daley CenterChicago Title and Trust Center77 West WackerPittsfield BuildingLeo Burnett BuildingThe Heritage at Millennium ParkCrain Communications BuildingIBM PlazaOne Prudential PlazaTwo Prudential PlazaAon CenterBlue Cross and Blue Shield Tower340 on the ParkPark TowerOlympia Centre900 North Michigan875 North Michigan AvenueWater Tower PlaceHarbor PointThe ParkshoreNorth Pier ApartmentsLake Point TowerJay Pritzker PavilionBuckingham FountainLake MichiganLake MichiganLake MichiganThe skyline of a city with many large skyscrapers; in the foreground is a green park and a lake with many sailboats moored on it. Over 30 of the skyscrapers and some park features are labeled.

See also


  1. ^ "Emporis building ID 116956". Emporis. Archived from the original on January 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Kamin, Blair. "50 years later, Lake Point Tower is a singular achievement — and let's hope it stays that way". Retrieved 2022-05-16.
  3. ^ Lepik, Andres (2005). Skyscrapers. Munich: Prestel. pp. 84–87.
  4. ^ Blaser, Werner (1981). Mies van der Rohe: Continuing the Chicago School of Architecture. Basel: Birkhauser Verlag. pp. 224–27.
  5. ^ "Cité Chicago". Cité Chicago. n.d. Retrieved August 20, 2017.

Further reading