It’s Floor Plan Friday!

063537_001_20140828031031_41221Floor plans may be complex to understand, but they are so critical to a family’s love and enjoyment of a new residence.

That’s why one Friday a month, Best in American Living will share some of our favorite floor plans from our award-winning properties.

This week, it’s 500 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Best in American Living Silver Award for Multifamily, Development 5 Stores & Over, For Rent.

With expansive views of the city, Navy Pier, and Lake Michigan, this 485-foot tower creates a new market for luxury sustainable urban living.

About This Floor Plan (click for close-up look)

–Architect/designer: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
–Builder: Lend Lease
–Interior designer: Robert Pope Associates
–Developer: Related Midwest
–Photographers: Scott Frances Photography and Hedrich Blessing Photographers

(See amenities, photos and awards beneath floor plan.)


SFrances_130424_0464_C_8bit_notalent_20140828031034_41224The LEED Gold-certified 500 Lake Shore Drive incorporates a high-performance building enclosure, a living green wall, efficient building systems, daylighting, a green roof, and lush ground level landscaping of native species.

In addition to ground floor convenience retail, the building features comprehensive luxury amenities, including a private gym, outdoor pool deck, cinema, dog run and pet spa, game and reading lounges, coffee bar, business center, and expansive outdoor landscaped garden.

063537_014_20140828031029_41225500 Lake Shore Drive is an important part of the Chicago skyline and, as one of the last parcels of developable land on Lake Shore Drive, was even more important to the owner to continue a legacy of great design in Chicago. The client’s programmatic and design requirements were collaboratively and successfully filled by the architect, creating a best-in-class luxury multi-family apartment high rise.

The 2014 Best in American Living Awards were presented at the 2015 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

More information about the program and other 2014 winners can be found at

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