Lendlease, along with Magellan Development Group, announced the topping-off of Cirrus, a 47-story, 350-unit luxury condominium tower at 211 N. Harbor Drive, and Cascade, a 37-story, 503-unit luxury apartment tower at 455 E. Waterside Drive, together representing one of the final phases of the Lakeshore East master plan in downtown Chicago.
The developers also announced that adjacent Cascade Park, a publicly accessible green space connecting Cirrus and Cascade to the lakefront and Chicago Riverwalk, will open ahead of schedule in summer 2021. The buildings, designed by bKL Architecture, are two of three towers planned on the prominent site, where Lake Michigan meets the Chicago River.
“The virtually uninterrupted progress we’ve made on Cirrus and Cascade over the past year reflects the commitment we have made to downtown Chicago, and we are thankful for the hard work and diligence of every individual who helped achieve this milestone,” said Ted Weldon, executive general manager of development for Lendlease’s Chicago office. “With these buildings reaching their full height and Cascade Park taking shape, buyers and renters can preview the sweeping waterfront views and abundance of open space that will create a lakefront living experience rooted in community, wellness and sustainability.”
Priced from the mid-$400,000s to over $4 million, Cirrus condominiums include one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 650 to over 3,000 square feet. Fifteen penthouse residences, including one duplex, are located on floors 42-47, while two townhome residences are located at ground level. All homes at Cirrus feature high-end finishes and access to 48,000 square feet of exclusive amenities, including a 41st-floor suite for indoor and outdoor dining and entertaining. The first residences will be delivered in fall 2021.
Cascade apartments will feature studio, one-, two, and three-bedroom floor plans. Featuring 9-foot ceilings, European cabinets, 6-inch-wide plank flooring and an expansive suite of amenities housed on the first and 32nd floors of the tower. Pre-leasing will begin in the spring, with first move-ins expected this summer.
Residents of Cirrus and Cascade will also share access to amenities housed in a podium connecting the two buildings overlooking adjacent Cascade Park. These include an indoor lap pool, heat therapy pool and splash pad; children’s playroom; fitness center with adjacent yoga/spin studio, HIIT training area and locker rooms; massage and steam rooms; game room with golf simulator and billiards; screening room; shop space; music room; multi-purpose community room; dog-washing station; and indoor and outdoor dog runs. The podium also includes below-grade parking spaces for the development.
Cascade Park, the 0.8-acre green space designed by Claude Cormier + Associés, will feature lush landscaping, passive wellness features, meandering pathways, outdoor living rooms for recreational use, terrace seating and a dog run. Although privately developed and maintained, Cascade Park will serve neighbors in the surrounding community, establishing an activated connection to the lakefront and Chicago Riverwalk in two ways: its terraced landscape design that slopes from North Harbor Drive to Lower Lake Shore Drive, and a new bike and walking path that connects Lakeshore East Park in the heart of the neighborhood to the Lakefront Trail.
“As a cornerstone of the Lakeshore East master plan, Cirrus and Cascade are situated on one of the most prominent sites in downtown Chicago, with protected lake, river and city views,” said Sean Linnane, executive vice president for Magellan Development Group. “The community’s range of floor plans and extensive amenity offerings prioritize connectivity to the outdoors and appeal to a wide spectrum of buyers and renters, from individuals and young families looking to establish their first home to empty-nesters who are leaving their suburban homes behind to enjoy urban life.”