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History Prior to being Lakeshore East the land was owned and used by the Illinois Central Railroad yards. After the Railroad yards were vacated, the land hosted a 9-hole golf course, known as Metro Golf at Illinois Center, which operated until 2001. While some of the buildings have been in the area since the ‘60s and ‘70s the majority are the creations of a master plan developed by a number of investors to create a residential mecca on the former golf course.
Current Though a few corporate buildings dot the New East Side and it’s Lakeshore East development skyline, the area is predominantly residential with luxury apartments, condos, town-homes and even a number of top-rated hotels. With the inclusion of grocery, shops, restaurants, schools as well as easy access to all major highways and public transportation options, Lakeshore East has become a truly self-sustaining neighborhood in Downtown Chicago. An often recognized building in the area is Aqua, the award winning development designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects.
Attractions The centralized downtown location of the New East Side puts you at a leisurely walking distance to all kinds of attractions. Step out of your luxury rental apartment into the 6-acre, dog-friendly park right in the middle of Lakeshore East which includes a playground, fenced in dog-run as well as multiple areas to relax and take in the day. Further receive your outdoor fix by taking a stroll South to Millennium Park, Grant Park and Maggie Daley Park for concerts, festivals and numerous other outdoor activities. If expanding your mind is your focus, head over to the Art Institute of Chicago or down to Museum Park for the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium. If inclement weather abounds, pop into the Chicago pedway to reach multiple destinations throughout the loop without dealing with rain or that dastardly lake effect snow.