Two new downtown Chicago apartment towers pass a milestone

A building's "topping out," i.e. completion of the top floor of its structural skeleton, is a major milestone.

The Coast (center left, above) and 500 North Lake Shore Drive (center right, above) have both reached their full height and are proceeding toward planned occupancy next spring.

If all goes according to plan the 49-story, 499-unit Coast, 345 E Wacker, will open in February, making it the first of half a dozen new high-rises slated for completion next year.

The 45-story, 500-unit 500 N Lake Shore Drive tower is targeting May occupancy.

Overall nearly 2,700 new apartments will be added to the downtown rental market next year.

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    Hey Joe, what are the other of the half dozen you referenced, that are supposed to open this year?

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