Since the early 1900's, 1000 Lake Shore has been the address of leading members of Chicago society.
Originally the noted address of Edith Rockefeller McCormick - 1000 Lake Shore was a gateway to the elite
Gold Coast world, described by the Chicago Tribune (December 14, 1952) as "a mailbox which seemed
possessed of an almost magic quality."
And the magic continued. In 1964, while many fled to green suburbs, Chicago developer & philanthropist
Harold L. Perlman and architect Sidney Morris endeavored to create a building at 1000 Lake Shore for a
then unique clientele - those that celebrated and reveled in sophisticated city living and
To satisfy this very discriminating group, they sought to bring together the forward-thinking clean
lines of the Chicago modern architecture movement with the graciousness of some of the finest residences
in the country. After visiting and reviewing plans for scores of the most exclusive properties in Beverly
Hills, New York City, Bal Harbour, and San Francisco, they developed a building that epitomized luxury
1000 Lake Shore Plaza was built as the tallest, concrete-reinforced building in the world, with the
fastest elevators ever developed at that time. It was designed with only two or three apartments per
floor, each constructed with the highest level of acoustical and sound engineering for maximum quiet and
privacy. With spacious rooms, wonderful layouts, amazing views, balconies, and a highly service-conscious
1000 Lake Shore truly delivered on the originators' promise of being the ultimate,
"luxury town houses in the sky".