The Park at Lakeshore East

  • Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Completion Date
    March, 2002
  • Size
    6 acres
  • Team
    Master Plan Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Awards
    • 2020: ASLA Illinois Chapter Landmark Award – The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2008: The American Architecture Award for The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2008: OJB Takes 1st Place for The Park at Lakeshore East Mayor Daley’s Landscape Awards
    • 2008: FIABCI Prix d’Ecellence International Award for The Lakeshore East Master Plan
    • 2006: Tucker Design Award – The Building Stone Institute, for The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2006: Chicago Magazine- Best New Park for Lakeshore East
    • 2006: Builders Choice Design & Planning Award for The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2006: Best New Open Space – Friends of Downtown Chicago, for The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2006: ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Design, for The Park at Lakeshore East
    • 2004: ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Planning and Analysis, for Lakeshore East Master Plan
    • 2002: AIA Excellence in Regional and Urban Design for Lakeshore East Master Plan
  • Photography
    James Andrews, Serhii Chrucky, Carl Larson, David Seide, Steinkamp Photography

About

Prominently sited at the confluence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, this 28-acre development in the Loop was one of the last open parcels in the city. In consideration of the urban scale of its mixed-use program, the Park at Lakeshore East is the anchor and central amenity for the district. A strong, geometric organizational language with curving elements at the street scale was deployed.

At the southern park entry, a grand staircase addresses a significant grade change across the site and creates an overlook terrace with expansive views into the park. The northern entry is marked by long seating walls, a strong geometric pavement pattern, and sequenced landscape plantings that evolve into serene open spaces. Families of site furnishings and lighting, pavement in a variety of materials and colors, and the rich variation of Lannon Stone, granite, cedar wood, and metals meld into a contemporary composition that provides a distinctive material vocabulary throughout.

A dog park, with circular calming entry points and sculpted landforms for play, and three play pods in a large children’s playground are the active areas that strike a balance with the passive park features.

As the main component connecting the site to the river and the lakefront, the 5.3-acre park is notable for turning the edge of the city into a destination in itself.

Visitors entering the park at each terrace are met by a sequence of five pools separated by fields of decomposed granite and punctuated by specimen shade trees.

The Park at Lakeshore East in the Lab

The Park at Lakeshore East

The Park at Lakeshore East

  • PLANTING
  • WATER
  • WATER
  • CARBON, ENERGY + AIR

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of water potentially intercepted by the trees, which is equivalent to the water usage for 2,300 American residents in one day

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PLANTING

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new deciduous trees planted, including honey locust, skyline locust, London plane, dawn redwood, and white oak

WATER

0%

of surfaces are permeable

WATER

0gal

of water potentially intercepted by the trees, which is equivalent to the water usage for 2,300 American residents in one day

CARBON, ENERGY + AIR

0lbs

of annual carbon sequestration from the new site trees, which offsets 6.7 cars per year