Last month, news broke that the much-anticipated school planned for Lakeshore East would come in the form of a private GEMS Academy. A recent communique from Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) sheds some light on what the buildings will look like. Phase 1 (above), which will house K-4 students, consists of a 153-foot, 9-story structure planned for a small site west of the Tides. As for the second phase (below), the 240-foot tall, 13-story building will house grades 5-12 and front Wacker Drive. Designed by bKL Architecture, the freshly modern facility will provide an interesting counterpoint to the more timid LSE towers. And tuition at the elite school won't be cheap. Expect to pay anywhere between $6,000 to $25,000 a year.
·Lakeshore East getting school [Chicago Journal]
·From Zero to Two Schools for Lakeshore East [Chicago Architecture Blog]
·Rumblings & Bumblings: GEMS Academy [Curbed Chicago]