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Athletic Club

850 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago (Cook County)


This 19-story building sits on a prominent corner along Lake Michigan, just south of Mies van der Rohe’s acclaimed 860-880 Lake Shore Drive towers. This Beaux Arts structure, designed by Jarvis Hunt in 1927 as a private athletic club, features a marble-clad lobby, ballroom, swimming pool, and significant murals.

It was purchased by Northwestern University in the late 1970s for use as a residence hall. After closing in 2005, the building and its site have been marketed for new development. Although listed in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey, the Lakeshore Athletic Club is not a designated Chicago Landmark.






In December, 2007, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly announced Lakeshore Athletic Club would be renovated and converted to luxury senior housing. Click here for more information.






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