680 N Lake Shore Drive, Furniture Mart
Completed in 1926, 680 Lake Shore Drive was once world’s largest building. 680 spans an entire block between Lake Shore Drive and McClurg Court. 680 North Lake Shore Drive (a.k.a. Lake Shore Place or Furniture Mart) is a 29 story building located in the Streeterville neighborhood. Originally named the American Furniture Mart, it was designed by Henry Raeder and construction was completed in 1926.
Historic 680 Lake Shore Drive is unique for a number of reasons. For one, its prominent Lakeshore Drive location provides spectacular lakefront views and access. Awake to a stunning sunrise and close the night as spectator to one of the fireworks shows hosted by Navy Pier twice weekly in the summer months.
Additionally, head to the 680 Lake Shore drive for one of the best seats in all the city once the Air and Water Show comes to town every August. For a dose of nature or outdoor activity, walk the parks that line Northwestern Law School’s campus, a neighbor to 680, or run its track and play some tennis.While its location and the views afforded by it are hard to match, equally difficult to come by is the combination of the charm and elegance found in its older architecture coupled with state of the art modern renovations.
This seamless blend of the best of the past with that of the present is yet another of 680 Lake Shore Drive’s distinguishing features. Additionally, 680 Lake Shore Drive is rare in that it is host to a city within a city. A mixed-use building, 680 Lake Shore Drive also houses businesses, many of which are medical practices, a first-class health club, a pharmacy, gourmet grocery store, cafe, dry cleaners and more, allowing for a majority of resident’s needs to be catered to without ever leaving the building. This feature is particularly appreciated come Chicago’s long and grueling winter months.
As the old American Furniture Mart, 680 Lake Shore Drive is built like a fortress. That fact coupled with its many in-house businesses and amenities make 680 Lake Shore Drive a perfect place to hibernate in frigid times, an attribute that few other pieces of Streeterville real estate offer.