Chicago Landmarks

860-880 Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Dr. elevations     Address: 860-880 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Year Built: 1949 - 1951
Architect: Mies van der Rohe
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: April 29, 1998

Ground floor detail 2 Ground floor detail 1 Deceptively simple in appearance, these twin apartment towers set the standard by which all subsequent glass-and-steel highrises are judged. Few, if any, have come even close to these buildings' perfection in form, proportions, and detailing. No other design by this world-famous architect had so immediate or so strong an impact. They are featured in every book on modern architecture, and they are among the best known of the city's post-World War II architecture.