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450 East Waterside Dr, Chicago, IL


Exterior of The Chandler
Building Information
Developer Magellan Development Group
Architect DeStefano + Partners
Management Company Community Specialists
Number of Units 307
Number of Floors 36
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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450 East Waterside Dr, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Within two blocks
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD 70
Title of Land Condominium



The Chandler Exterior over the River
The Chandler is a high-rise residential building that contains 36 floors and 307 residences, and is a part of the Lakeshore East urban community development. It was completed in 2008 by Magellan Development Group, and was designed by renowned architects DeStefano + Partners, with an exterior of rounded, almost oval shaped contours, constructed out of chic blue tinted glass.

Lakeshore East is a mixed use urban development being built by the Magellan Development Group in the Loop. The development, which had been scheduled for completion in 2011, but was reset for completion in 2013. The development features several of the tallest buildings in Chicago, possibly set to include some of the tallest buildings in all of the United States. The planned development includes a park and various use buildings for condominiums, apartments, or hotels. Several of the completed buildings have won awards for architecture and urban planning.

Located in the northeast corner of The Loop, The Chandler offers its residents the convenience of being in the downtown financial district as well as having a quiet place to call home with serene views of Michigan Lake. On the corner of E Wacker Drive and N Lakeshore Dr, The Chandler is a sought-after building in the area.[1]


Located in the financial heart of Chicago, The Chandler offers the best of both worlds in The Loop. Located in the northeast corner, nearby Dusable Harbor, residents can enjoy the buzzing downtown district as well as the quiet shoreline.

Restaurants, bars, cafes, grocery stores, shopping, and entertainment are all within close proximity. The nearest coffee house is a Dunkin Donuts, which is about a 13 minute walk from The Chandler. The nearest public transportation is a bus stop about a four minute walk south of The Chandler, located at the doorstep of the University of Chicago. A Chinese cuisine restaurant called Friendship on the Lake, is located on the shoreline, as well as Lakefront Trail for running and biking.

An off-leash dog park is located nearby, as well as Dusable Park, Gateway Park, and Millennium and Grant Park. The Navy Pier is a ten minute bike ride from the residences, where one can find daily entertainment. The nearest Metra subway station is at Randolph and Wabash, which is about a 15 minute walk.

Museum campus is a ten minute walk south and Chicago’s theater district is a mere 10 minutes west. For those who work in the Loop, The Chandler is a true walk-to-work building.[2]


The Chandler is a modern concrete high-rise structure with a glass exterior, standing at 389 feet or 36 stories high. Other materials found on its façade are aluminum and brick, and the color scheme of the building encompasses grey and dark red. The façade is a curtain wall system with applied masonry brick.

The building has 7 elevators to service its 307 units. The Structural Engineer on the project was Halvorson and Partners, who helped to have the project completed by June of 2008.

The building has asymmetrically placed inset balconies that can be seen from the exterior. The blue glass against the red façade make The Chandler stand out among its surroundings, with the slimmer sides of the building white and red concrete, and the wide front and back of the building almost completely glass. A glass canopied entrance welcomes guests and residents from street level into the building's lobby.

The Chandler has a flat roof.[3]

Layout and Features

Floor plans range from one to three bedroom units, priced from $370,000 to $1,750,000 million. All of the units include in-unit washers and dryers, as well as granite counter tops, hardwood floors, custom cabinetry in the open kitchens and stainless steel appliances. Crown moldings and marble tile bathrooms can also be found in some of the residences, as well as gas cooking appliances and walk-in closets.

Balconies or outdoor terraces are also found in the residences, along with floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize the surrounding views of Lake Michigan and Downtown Chicago. The maximum ceiling height in the building is 8.75 feet.

A penthouse unit in The Chandler offers a soaring 6,000 square feet, and features marble and wood detailing throughout, as well as a view of the Navy Pier and Michigan Lake beyond.[4]

Floor Plans

34 floor plans are available for The Chandler. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities at The Chandler include:

  • 24 Hour Doorman
  • 2 Sundecks
  • Enclosed Rooftop Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Fitness Center
  • Media Room
  • Massage Room


Chandler Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Two pets are allowed per unit at The Chandler.
  • Rentals are allowed with a minimum 1 year lease.
  • Barbecues are allowed, but no charcoal grills.
  • There are no age restrictions placed on ownership.


High end appliances with energy star ratings are used in each of the residences at the Chandler. Double-pane windows help to keep heat in, and reduce energy loss.

The nearest bus station is a four minute walk, and the nearest Metra subway station is a 10 minute walk away, making it easy for residents to use public transportation instead of driving. Car and bike share programs are also within walking distance, as well as many daily necessities like restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, and entertainment.


Aerial View of DuSable Park

The nearby Park to The Chandler, the DuSable Park, is an urban land of 3.24 acres that is currently awaiting redevelopment. The park was named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, who was the first non-native settler in Chicago. The park was originally announced in 1987 by the Mayor of the time, Mayor Harold Washington.

The Fordham Spire was a new development project announced in 2005 by Christopher Carly of Fordham Company. Nearly $500,000 was pledged by the company in assistance for development of the park, which would be adjoined to the site of their new tower. Carley failed to obtain financing for the project, and the development was turned over to Garret Kelleher of Shelbourne Development. The building was renamed Chicago Spire.

The new development company offered $6 Million in 2007 to finish the development of DuSable Park, which jumped up to $9.6 million later that year. Due to major financial setbacks, the Chicago Spire was later cancelled in 2010. DuSable Park has remained untouched, but is in need of dire repair. Its prime location on the lake shore gives it a world of opportunity and potential, especially in the eyes of developers waiting to join it with new developments.[5]


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  3. Skyscraper Page
  4. Chicago Condo
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