A suburban yard high on Lake Shore Drive

The 25-story brick and limestone co-op at 1500 N Lake Shore Dr is the only Chicago building designed by Rosario Candela, the New York "real estate brokers' name-drop of choice."

Over the years the building, which requires owners to pay cash for their units, has been the home of more well-known Chicago names – including Fields and Wrigleys – than name-droppers.

There are currently five units for sale in the 57-unit building, ranging in price from $1.7M for a 10th floor 2-bedroom to $5.6M for one of the two first-floor maisonettes.

The trophy unit at Candela's 740 Park Avenue in New York was the triplex penthouse, part of a larger unit, first owned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. It last changed hands for nearly $30 million in 2000.

The penthouse at 1500, pictured above, has been describedas "a rooftop 18-room bungalow, with its own reflecting pool and set of gardens." I haven't been able to find a public record of its most recent sale price.

According to a 2000 Tribune article article:

"The most astonishing penthouse ever built in the city of Chicago was at 1500 N. Lake Shore Drive," said Ralph Rabbe, a longtime Chicago historian who noted that the privately owned penthouse still exists. "It was three stories, and it had a bell tower, a fountain and two-story fireplaces. You could stand in the fireplaces, they were so huge."

We caught a glimpse of 1500's penthouse, pictured above, on our recent helicopter jaunt. You can see more of our aerial views of Chicago in a Flickr album that we'll be adding to in the coming weeks from the nearly 2,000 images we shot.

Is this still Chicago's "most astonishing penthouse?"

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