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Mies on the Market: Five Units in Historic Modernist Towers

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's modernist towers along Lake Michigan forever changed Chicago's skyline and also changed the way many developers approached residential tower design. And since Chicago can boast to having more Mies-designed structures than any other city in the world, the Windy City also has the largest inventory of residential units in Mies' buildings currently up for grabs. And despite these towers' architecturally significant nature, units in Mies' modernist towers are usually quite affordable. Here's a sampling of what's currently available throughout the city.


5532 S South Shore Drive Unit 11F
Size: 2 bed, 2 bath (1,150 square feet)
Price: $107,000
Broker's pitch: "Wonderful city and 57th Street Beach views with loads of clean-lined space. Outstanding floor plan! Mies van der Rohe designed National Register building is a well-run co-op located on the lakefront near all Hyde Park, University of Chicago. On-site mgmt. and 24 hour security. Steps to CTA and Metra make downtown a short commute. Assessment includes everything. Move in ready bring 'less is more' ideas to update."


340 West Diversey Parkway Unit 2817
Size: 2 bed, 2 bath (square feet not listed)
Price: $475,000
Broker's pitch: "Totally new uber-chic penthouse apartment in classic Mies van der Rohe building. Unparalleled, unobstructed southern views over Lincoln Park with city skyline from every room. Style exudes from the contemporary white kitchen and baths. Floor to ceiling windows throughout. Master w/en suite bath w/heated floor and custom finished closets. This is a full amenity building w/outdoor pool, private playground, 24hr doorman, indoor parking, workout & laundry room."


860 North Lake Shore Drive Unit 17L
Size: 2 bed, 2 bath (1,600 square feet)
Price: $499,000
Broker's pitch: "Iconic Mies van der Rohe building. Beautifully renovated southwest corner with amazing city and partial lake views! This 2 bed, 2 bath 1600 sf, high end professional kitchen: custom gray cabinets, custom granite floors and counter tops with Sub Zero and Bosch appliances. Carrara marble foyer and bathrooms, custom millwork with 8' doors."


2400 N Lakeview Ave #2906
Size: 3 bed, 2 bath (square feet no listed)
Price: $645,000
Broker's pitch: "Spectacular renovation of Mies Van Der Rohe building. Spacious open floorplan. Fully gutted to include: new electric and plumbing, new layout, 5" hardwood flooring. Kitchen includes Miele and Thermador appliances, new baths with subway tiles, new doors/hardware, closet shelving and in-unit laundry. Expansion of the master bathroom with Calcutta white marble. High floor with east, west, and north views overlooking pond, lake and sunset."


900 N Lake Shore Drive Unit 1313-14
Size: 3 bed 3 bath (1,679 square feet)
Price: $719,000
Broker's pitch: "Spectacular northeast corner 3 bed/bath with tranquil lake views from rarely available combo in Streeterville Mies van der Rohe highrise. The best lake views in Chicago from 80' of floor to ceiling windows! See the sun rises throughout the year and moon rises also. In unit washer and dryer. Full amenity highrise, close to Mag Mile shopping, Northwestern campus, Children's Memorial, public trans. Parking available for $190/month. Sorry, no dogs." ·Mighty Mies archives [Curbed Chicago]
·Curbed Comparisons [Curbed Chicago]