Before I write about some beautiful buildings along Pearson Street I wanted to share about a great charity that is working hard on behalf of hospitalized children and their families. The Ronald McDonald House charity of Northern Illinois has made great progress towards building the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world! It is at 211 E. Grand Avenue and will be convenient to the new Children’s Hospital going up in Streeterville. Over $20 million has been raised, a little over two thirds of the way there! If you care to donate please just go to http://www.rmhccni.org/pages/help.php.
I recently took on a Listing at 270 E. Pearson, and it reminded me of what a special neighborhood you can find as you go from the Museum of Contemporary Art to the Lake along Pearson Street. On the South side of the street is the tranquil patch of land known as Lake Shore Park. On the North side of Pearson there are three very impressive buildings - namely 250 East, also known as ‘The Pearson’, 270 East, also known as ‘The Belvedere’, and 840 N. Lake Shore Drive on the corner. Taken together they are known as "The Residences on Lake Shore Park".
They have beautiful unimpeded views to the South due to the delightful intervention of Lake Shore Park. It is the small park with the striking red rubber surfaced running track, tennis courts, and room for the Doggies to run in the middle! The picture above shows what Lake Shore Park looks like from 250 East Pearson.
The Pearson and 840 N. Lake Shore Drive were both designed by Lucien LaGrange, while the Belvedere was designed by DeStefano and Partners. Related Midwest, the well known development company led by President Curt Bailey, developed all three of these outstanding properties.
The thoughtful blending of styles, with the two LaGrange buildings flanking the Belvedere, reminds me of the beautiful flow of outstanding architecture along East Lake Shore Drive, where the Benjamin Marshall buildings mix well with the others along the block. These buildings are ideal for empty nesters looking to move back to the elegance and excitement of the City, with ideal closeness to shopping, restaurants, the Lake, and of course the delight of having your very own running track right across the street!
Besides taking on Listings for selling clients in some of our City's top buildings I also work with Buyers to help them find the home of their dreams. I recently helped a happy family buy a beautiful home on Lakewood in Lincoln Park. Here are a couple of photos showing the exquisite design of the Master Bedroom and the Study.
Speaking of beautiful architecture, I will be getting a close up view of some of Chicago’s finest buildings while pedaling along on my Bike! This Sunday 15 lucky riders who signed up first come first served will have a docent-led tour of famous Louis Sullivan buildings in the downtown area! Seeing the structures up close and having an expert right there on hand to give the history and point out the enduring features that distinguish Sullivan's work will make it a special day. Plus there's nothing wrong with a little exercise every now and then! I can’t wait!
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