New speed limits passed for Lakeshore East Park

(Published May 30, 2019)

After residents complained to Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office about motorists speeding around Lakeshore East Park, the Chicago City Council introduced 20 mile per hour speed limits on North Field Boulevard, East South Water Street, North Westshore Drive, North Park Drive and East Benton Place.

The streets front several residential towers as well as GEMS World Academy and people frequently cross the streets with bags of groceries from Mariano’s or with dogs. Several area residents, said they didn’t think speeding had ever been a problem.

“I don’t think speeding was a problem,” Kevin Zheng said. “People were driving pretty slow already.”

“I don’t think speeding was a problem,” Kevin Zheng said. “People were driving pretty slow already.”

Lakeshore East play area to re-open in early June

The Magellan Development Group announced in May that the children’s play area in the park would close through early June because the group will add playground equipment for children. The equipment will include slides, swings and playsets.

The Lakeshore East Master Association is responsible for the upgrade and a re-opening event will be held, though the date was not set as of press deadline.

Part Illinois Center, other high rises, up for sale

A New York real estate firm, AmTrust Realty, is looking offload a slew of downtown properties for a deal which could fetch $1.4 billion, according to Crain’s.

The buildings include two towers in the Illinois Center, 233 Michigan Ave., as well as buildings at 111 E. Wacker Drive, 233 N. Michigan Ave., 135 S. LaSalle St., 1 E. Wacker Drive, 30 N. LaSalle, 33 N. Dearborn St. and 33 W. Monroe St.

LH Rooftop to host pop-up rose bar

In honor of National Rosé Day on June 8, LH Rooftop, the tri-level rooftop bar and restaurant at LondonHouse Chicago, will launch a weekend-long rosé pop-up bar. Partnering with Gérard Bertrand, among other winemakers, LH will offer dozens of rosé wines by the glass ($14-18 per glass), still and sparkling, from around the world for three days only.

Guests can enjoy their rosé sampling in the crown jewel of LH Rooftop, the Cupola – which will be decked out in rosé-all-day fashion with pink-clad lights, florals, and additional décor. LondonHouse is located at 85 E Wacker Dr, Chicago.

Residential tower to replace parking garage on Randolph

Developers Moceri and Roszak have proposed a 25-story, 241 unit multi-family rental and condo building with a retail base located at 50-60 East Randolph. Currently, there is a three story valet parking garage on the site.

The proposed 25-story structure includes 6,400 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, with two stories of parking and 22 stories of residential and amenity space above. Residential units range from 550 square foot studios to 2,600 SF four-bedroom penthouse units. The proposal includes 190 apartment units and 24 condominiums.

This is a transit served location, in close proximity to both the Washington & Wabash CTA Station and Millennium Metra Station, and will provide 70 accessory parking stalls. The garage will be accessible only via Benton Place to the north of the site. The existing triple wide curb cut on Randolph Street currently servicing the valet garage will be eliminated.

Sidewalk landscaping includes planters with low vegetation on Wabash due to the proximity of the L-tracks. Similar planter landscaping on Randolph is punctuated by four tall shade trees.

The underlying zoning for this project is DX-16. The proposal adheres to the underlying zoning, and is nearly 150 feet shorter than the maximum allowable height, measuring to a total of 293 feet tall.

Although the proposal does not require city council approval, it must obtain Lakefront Protection Application approval from the Chicago Plan Commission to ensure that the building does not impede access to the Chicago Lakefront or inflict harm on the natural lakefront environment.

Resident comments and observations are welcome and should be emailed to

Mariano’s to undergo remodeling in June

The Benton Place Mariano’s will undergo remodeling in June.

Company spokesperson Amanda Puck said the remodeling should not affect customers and it won’t close the store. She also said the extent of the renovations aren’t yet clear.

“We’re going to make some great enhancements to the customers’ experience, we don’t know what that means yet.” Puck said. However, she said the hot foot bar upstairs will be remodeled, as will the wine bar and the produce section.

She said renovations are scheduled to wrap up in October.

In addition, the company is considering buying shopping carts that will automatically freeze their wheels at the doorway, meaning residents may not be able to take the carts to the residence. The move comes after months of complaints by building managers about empty carts abandoned at residential doorways.

Lakeshore Park summer movie series announced

The Magellan Property Group has announced the summer film lineup for the Park at Lakeshore East.

Every month, starting in June, families can gather in the park for arts and music at 7 p.m. and stay for a movie beginning at 8:30 p.m. The series begins June 20 with “Goonies.” On July 25 the movie will be “Mary Poppins Returns,” and finally on Aug. 22 the film will be “The Notebook.”

All events are free.

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