Lake Point Tower, Chicago

On a weekend visit to see the ballerina in Chicago, our family took a Sunday afternoon walk through Grant Park and the Taste of Chicago, past Buckingham Fountain, and then north along the lake to Navy Pier. Astride our path was Lake Point Tower. Well known for its graceful curves and enviable location, Lake Point Tower is one of the most widely recognized Chicago landmarks, following the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center, and the structure most closely associated with Lake Shore Drive. It is the only major private structure on the lakefront side of Lake Shore Drive and likely to remain that way given the city’s prohibition on building on the lakefront.

The architects for Lake Point Tower were John Heinrich and George Schipporeit, students of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the best known architects of the Bauhaus movement and International Style school. Van der Rohe taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Lake Point Tower was completed in 1968 and is approximately 645 feet (197 m) tall (Wikipedia).

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