Now open to residents is the 47-story condominium skyscraper known as Cirrus, situated just west of the lakefront in Chicago’s Lakeshore East. This 562-foot-tall tower at 211 N Harbor Drive was developed by Lendlease and Magellan Development Group, offering 350 condominiums connected to 50,000 square feet of amenity space. Alongside the Cirrus is the 37-story apartment buildings sibling dubbed Cascade and the 0.8-acre-Cascade Park. The two towers and the park occupy the parcels J, K, and L of the larger Lakeshore East masterplan.
Standard condominium listings offer one- to three-bedroom options across 12 different floor plans. These layouts range from the mid-$400,000s up to $2.9 million. On the upper six floors are an additional set of penthouses priced between $1.8 million and $5 million. These residences will offer two- to three-bedroom floor plans sized from 1,558 to 3,695 square feet, and include one unit that occupies multiple floors. The remaining two listings are two dual-level townhomes that anchor the tower, each measuring more than 3,000 square feet and priced from $1.8 million.
Condominiums feature nine-foot ceiling spans, scenic lake views, and private balconies in select units. There will also be full-sized laundry rooms, walk-in closets with custom organization, wide plank flooring, and keyless entry.
Cirrus’ and Cascade’s shared amenity podium offers a wide array of common spaces, tailoring to the mix of resident demographics and interests. The central community hub within the podium houses the mailroom, lounge areas, and a multi-purpose room. The wellness component consists of an indoor lap pool, a heat therapy pool, a fitness center with an adjacent yoga/spin studio, an HIIT training area and locker rooms, as well as massage and steam rooms. Overlooking Cascade Park is the Conservatory, a large lounge room filled with plants. Other indoor activities around the perimeter are a soundproof Jam Room fully equipped with musical instruments, podcast recording equipment and seating, a Maker’s Space, a game room with a golf simulator and billiards, a screening room, a children’s playroom, and an indoor splash pad. Other shared amenities include a dog-washing station, and indoor and outdoor dog runs.
Amenities exclusive to Cirrus include a co-workings lounge with conference rooms, as well as a resort-style pool and an adjacent lounge. Up on the 41st floor is a wine tasting room, separate show and prep kitchens with a dining area and chef’s corner lounge, and an outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Michigan with grilling stations and a fire pit.
The design of both towers and the accompanying Cascade Park is the result of a close collaboration between BKL Architecture, Lendlease, and Claude Cormier + Associés. Both towers take on a bronze and glass glazing wrapped around rounded massings with terraced setbacks. The park, meanwhile, slopes downward to connect N Harbor Drive to the lakefront. The park includes accessible ramps, multi-use wood and stone platforms, as well as open grass areas and various landscaping. Underneath the park is space for a cafe and an additional retail space.
The LEED Gold-certified construction was carried out by Lendlease as the general contractor.
“Cirrus takes full advantage of its location in the heart of the city and adjacent to some of Chicago’s most beautiful natural attractions, starting with the drive-up access to the entrance and the double-height lobby, which showcases the building’s captivating lakefront vista,” said Ted Weldon, executive general manager of development for Lendlease’s Chicago office. “Now that buyers have the ability to walk through Cirrus, they understand what a rare opportunity this presents in terms of the diversity of floor plans, first-in-market amenities, immediate park and lakefront access, and protected waterfront views that are only possible in this location.”