It's definitely as modern and expressive a high-rise as you'll have seen, and a shining example of modern design.


255 North Columbus Drive

About Aqua

Chicago is as charismatic a city as any you'll find in America, and one of the things it's definitely got going for it is that there's a whole lot of smart residential development going on in the Windy City. On Chicago's 'New' Eastside, the biggest buzz is about development on Chicago's Lakeshore East. This planned community is really coming together beautifully, with high-rise condo buildings being harmoniously worked into a genuinely smart 'liveable' community layout. Aqua is one of the best, and there's growing interest in the number of Aqua condos for sale. Condo buildings like Aqua make sense for young working professionals and couples, and homes at Aqua in Lakeshore East are rightfully identified as being a nice mix of space, amenity, and proximity to the city to go along with their comparative affordability.

About Aqua Condos

The Aqua condominium building is located at 225 North Columbus Drive, right at the northeast corner of Lakeshore East. Of the four tall skyscraper residences in the area, Aqua is easily the most visually distinctive and eye catching with its tidepools-like textural exterior stretching right up every inch of the 829 feet it stretches into the Chicago skyline. It's definitely as modern and expressive a high-rise as you'll have seen, and a shining example of modern design.

​​​​​​​What's also worth noting for prospective buyers is that Aqua is a mixed-use hotel, retail, office, condominium, and apartment unit. This has wide-reaching appeal for people of many different interests, and that includes buyers interested in purchasing revenue properties. Aqua features luxury rental residences from floors 19 to 52, including Aqua condos for sale.

The Radisson Blu Hotel takes up the first 19 floors of the building, and the private residences start on the 53rd floor. Many of the luxury condos starting there have private balconies up to 12 feet wide that make the great views from on high that much better for sharing with guests! Those views include ones of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and nearby Millennium Park

Other indoor and outdoor amenities - among others - found at Aqua include:

  • Fitness center for cardio and weight training
  • Fitness lounge
  • Group fitness studio
  • Running track
  • Basketball court
  • Indoor and outdoor lap pools
  • Indoor and outdoor hot tubs
  • Outdoor splash pool
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Game and billiards room
  • Private club suites with catering kitchens
  • Media room with theater-style seating

Needless to say, it's very unlikely you'll feel that your lifestyle is constrained in any way when you live at Aqua. These amenities go a long way in furthering the popularity of Aqua real estate in Chicago.

Lakeshore East spans 28 acres, and is bordered by Wacker Drive to the north. The western border is Columbus Drive, and you've got Lake Shore Drive on the easternmost side. East Randolph Street is the southern border of the area. 4 condo skyscrapers make up the stock of newly constructed residential buildings in the area, and there's another batch on the way with ground set to be broken soon this year.

Life in Lakeshore East, Chicago

Visit Chicago's Lakeshore East in any earlier era and you'd have found an expansive railyard that had been there pretty much since the turn of the last century. The shift from industrial to residential has been quite a recent one. The community's master planners have done extremely well with locating these high-rises around the expansive, scenic, and tranquil Lakeshore East Park - where local residents can enjoy free wireless Internet in the park!

This really is a big plus for Lakeshore East. You're still relatively close to downtown Chicago, but the neighborhood is much nicer than most others and doesn't have the 'inner city' vibe to it.

Residents of buildings like Aqua and others in Lakeshore East benefit from having everything they want or need in regards to shopping, socializing, and eating out right within walking distance. The 2-level Mariano's Fresh Market gourmet grocery store is a short walk away and a perfect example.

Lakeshore East Park has competition for the title of best park in the neighborhood. You've also got Millennium Park nearby and it's a lovely spot too, featuring year-round events like concerts and outdoor movies. It also has an outdoor skating rink in the winter. It's for skating only, so leave your stick and puck at home but definitely wear your Blackhawks jersey!

Check out some of the fly-by video online and you'll see the Lakeshore East area continues to be in the midst of extensive redevelopment. While the eastern side is quite set now with Aqua, Chandler, 240, and Vista, the western edge of Lakeshore East has yet to take shape - but it's about to! One of the most notable features will be a public access to Chicago's underground 'pedway' - where civic and health-minded Chicago residents can avoid traffic and winter weather, get exercise, and make a smarter choice by cycling into and out of downtown Chicago.

Not much of a cyclist? Public transportation is also a good choice in Lakeshore East. The Randolph / Wabash Brown L-Train station is located within walking distance of Aqua, and Lakeshore East's Millennium Station serves the Metra Electric District to University Park, Blue Island and South Chicago. Metra access to other suburbs is also an option via the Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station.

Local public schools can be an option for children, but Lakeshore East will soon also have a GEMS World Academy school with K-grade 5 private elementary school plus a grade 6-12 private middle / high school in 2 modern-designed towers. The schools will be able to accommodate 2,000 children whose parents prefer a private-school curriculum and level of teaching excellence for their children

Want to learn more about Aqua Condos, Chicago? Contact Leila Zammatta at Magellan Realty and she'll be more than happy to answer every question you may have about both the real estate market and what it's like to live in Lakeshore East, Chicago.

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We will work hard to understand your selling goals, and we'll use our thorough knowledge of the Chicago real estate market to get you the best possible price. If you know your home is valuable and you want to make the most of your investment, you owe it to yourself to get the expert assistance of Magellan Realty.

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