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Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive tour of Chicago’s new Lakeshore East neighborhood. Never heard of it? Neither had I! Nestled between the river and the lake, the purposely planned and pimped out community is destined for happy hour greatness. Don’t get it confused, though. Lakeshore East is more than your new afterhours stress reliever with its plush lounges and restaurants. Its condos and apartments are modern yet cozy; boasting glossy floors and floor-to-ceiling windows condescending to Chi’s iconic Navy Pier. Bottom line: it’s an amazing place to both play and live – and I’m not getting paid to say this, by the way.
Here are 10 things you’ll love about the new Lakeshore East neighborhood and some exclusive photos from its private areas:
1. The deck at Aqua, The Apartment High Rise
The building itself is beautiful but the apartments inside are perfection. Just the right size, and complete with a dorm like (but way more mature) common living quarter which features:
Two full floors of recreational facilities
An onsite hotel (Radisson Blu Aqua) for ‘houseguests’
Onsite parking complete with I-GO cars for rent/sharing
Chicago’s largest – LARGEST – outdoor recreation deck. You guys, seriously, this deck is amazing. Sip by the pool while reflecting on an incredible view of the Pritzker.
Oh, and rent starts at just over $1700!
2. The view from Coast, Modern Resort-like Condos and Apartments
Got $10k a month? You could wake up to this view:
Yea…I know, right? You’d have to sleep outside, though, ‘cause I took this picture from the penthouse’s balcony.
3. Getting fresh berries from Mariano’s
Who doesn’t love Mariano’s? With locations popping up everywhere, why shouldn’t you have one of the city’s best grocery stores two steps from your door? They sure know how to spoil a girl, eh?
4. Satisfying late night cravings at Subway
Open 24 hours. Yep, also two steps from your door.
5. Happy hour at III Forks, The Steakhouse
A restaurant chain that eats like an indie. Thoughtful menus executed with great delicious detail. Not to mention, it got an amazing open air lounge overlooking Lakeshore East’s private park (see: the first photo at the top).
If you live here you never have to leave home to enjoy the city.