It is a pleasure to bring you the second edition of the annual New Eastside Community Guide, representing a combined effort between local businesses, community groups and the New Eastside News.

As one of Chicago’s most rapidly developing areas, New Eastside is an oasis of urban living. It is a place where landmark towers rise in one of the nation’s most advanced and acclaimed communities, and where businesses flock to meet the demands of a New Eastside population that has surged over the last decade.

New Eastside News is the most trusted news resource for local news, and we are dedicated to promoting information sharing throughout the entire New Eastside community. This guide provides everything you need to know about living in and getting around the New Eastside. Learn about the history of New Eastside and discover the wealth of community and business resources that serve the area.

We sincerely thank you for your continued support of the New Eastside

News publications and our annual community guide. We encourage you to explore New Eastside and we hope you utilize this edition of the community guide as your reference to success in 2017.

Elaine Hyde
Founder and Publisher
New Eastside News

Daniel Patton
Managing Editor
New Eastside News

Location and Transportation


The New Eastside is part of the Central Business District in Chicago also known as the Loop or Downtown. It is a well-defined area bordered by Upper East Randolph Street, Michigan Avenue, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. It consists of:

  • 12 commercial towers
  • 16 residential buildings
  • Four hotels
  • 500-plus businesses and restaurants
  • Six-acre park

The New Eastside is easily accessible by public transportation, on foot and by car. Car sharing and bike rental facilities are conveniently located within the neighborhood. Several private apartment shuttles also service the area.


Lakeshore East Loop Shuttle
7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday
Loops from Lakeshore East to Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.
400 Condominium Shuttle (residents only)
For schedule and maps, visit


Number 60, 20, 6 & 4 service New Eastside


Millennium Station, 151 E. Randolph St.

CTA Lines
Accessible from Randolph and Wabash, or Clark and Lake stations.


Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar car sharing services, offer cars at 12 residential and commercial parking lots throughout New Eastside.

Enterprise CarShare • (855) 370-1212 •

  • The Lancaster
  • The Aqua
  • 400 E. Randolph Condominiums
  • Millennium Park

Zipcar • (866) 494-7227 •

  • The Fairmont Hotel
  • Aqua
  • Prudential
  • Aon
  • Coast
  • Tides
  • Shoreham
  • Harbor Dr.

Divvy Bikes •

Chicago’s bike sharing initiative has bicycles for rent at the following locations:

  • Field Boulevard and South Water Street
  • Michigan Avenue and Lake Street
  • Columbus Drive and Randolph Street
  • DuSable Harbor
  • Stetson Avenue and South Water Street

Bike and Roll • 239 E. Randolph St. • Chicago, IL 60601


Steve’s Segway Tours • (312) 946-9467 •
Operates Segway tours out of New Eastside.


The downtown pedestrian walkway system, known as the Chicago Pedway, is a system of underground tunnels and bridges that connect buildings, stores and train stations. It is a convenient pathway to use during inclement weather to travel from New Eastside to the Loop. Many dining options exist in the New Eastside Pedway as well as resources such as the post office and courier companies FedEx and UPS.

Aqua Pedway (Pedway Level)
225 N. Columbus Dr. • Chicago, Il, 60601


Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday,
6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday* Closed – *Some sections of the Pedway have different hours and are open on Sunday.

Tips for navigating the Chicago Pedway

  • Set aside some time to do scouting trips and explore the Pedway.
  • Don’t be scared of getting lost. It’s part of the learning process.
  • Avoid exploring during lunch hour. It’s just too crowded. On Sundays, some parts of the Pedway are closed.
  • It’s not just for cold days. Use the Pedway to avoid rain, extreme heat and wind.

What did you think of the New Eastside Pedway?

After living here for over a year, I finally tried exploring the pedway. I experienced quite a new world and felt much like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. There is access to restaurants and the train system and I found Macy’s and saw Block 37

for the first time. I felt more comfortable knowing that this is a safe, cleaner-than-I-expected route into the Loop. And while there is no place like home, it’s nice to get out into a different part of the city, the underground city of Chicago.

– Serena Wadhwa | New Eastside Resident


Originally New Eastside was covered with rail tracks and buildings dedicated to the Illinois Central Railroad (ICRR).

In 1955, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley presided over a grand opening of the city’s first new downtown skyscraper built in 21 years. One Prudential Tower, 130 E. Randolph St., was built after purchasing the land and air rights from the ICRR. At the time, it was Chicago’s tallest building standing at 41 stories tall, and the first of many commercial, residential and hotel properties built in New Eastside.

The name New Eastside did not become used until the 1980s when real estate developers started transforming the neighborhood.

Real estate developer Metropolitan Structures added 14 buildings in the 1980s and 1990s to the western part of New Eastside. Beginning in 2002, led by the Magellan Development Group, the eastern portion of the New Eastside began its transformation to its current multi-use residential and commercial space. The company named its project Lakeshore East. Magellan also contributed 10 high-rise buildings, the Village Market and townhomes.

The area that is now a park in the heart of the Lakeshore East and New Eastside communities was previously a golf course from 1994 to 2001.

The current Park at Lakeshore East was jointly funded by the Chicago Park District and private funds from Magellan Development Group and has won several major design awards. The park features a fenced in play-ground, dog park, water fountains, a grand staircase and central lawn.

New Eastside Community Today and Beyond

Today, New Eastside supports a community of 11,000 residents and 45,000 people who work in the area and draws thousands of tourists and visitors to the shopping and dining complex Lakeshore East Village Market.

On the horizon, the third tallest tower in Chicago will rise in New Eastside in 2019. Named the Wanda Vista Tower, it will be a combination of hotel and condominiums. An additional high rise hotel is planned for the empty lot at 201 N. Columbus Dr. Five sites remain open for development in New Eastside and a public school is part of the master plan for the area.

Community Groups
Several organizations have worked to help integrate the neighborhood and foster a sense of community.

New Eastside Community
Founded by residents in 2012 in response to the rapidly growing community, the New Eastside Community improves communication within New Eastside by publishing community newsletters and providing online community resources. For more information, visit or call (312) 690-3092.

New Eastside Association of Residents
The 16-year-old association provides advocacy about resident issues and community concerns while also assuming a watchdog role on the Chicago Pedway development in New Eastside. Discover historical records, photos and news about what’s going on in New Eastside by visiting

Magellan Development Group
The current developer of Lakeshore East is also the sponsor of many community events. The Magellan Development Group Community Relations team has been instrumental in establishing events that have become New Eastside traditions, such as the Chicago Spring Half Marathon, Movies in the Park, Magellan Rewards Festival and many more. For more information, visit


Classes and activities abound for New Eastside residents. There is no shortage of things to do when you live in a world-class city like Chicago.

Chicago park district
Take part in a diverse range of recreational opportunities for adults and children with the Chicago Park District (CPD). Classes in tennis, sailing, ice-skating, yoga, dance and many others will keep you busy and fit year-round. At Maggie Daley Park, try the rock-climbing wall and visit the kiosk. Search for programs at the CPD website for activities at local parks, Grant Park, Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park and Northerly Island.

Chicago Park District Administrative Offices
541 N. Fairbanks Ct. • Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 742-7529 •

Millennium park
The heart of Chicago’s community, Millennium Park plays host to myriad festivals and events. Participate in free workouts on Saturdays during summer – Tai Chi, Pilates, yoga and Zumba classes are held at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Other events include free concerts from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the World Music Festival.

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St. • Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 742-1168 •

Exercise classes
Boot camps in the Lakeshore East Park by Five Star Fitness Boot Camps are a great way to get into shape. Personal trainers, Zumba, yoga and Pilates classes also frequently make use of the Park at Lakeshore East.

Five Star Fitness Boot Camps
3500 N. Paulina St. • Chicago, IL 60657 • (312) 253-7355

New Eastside plays host to many running races such as The Chicago Marathon (Grant Park), Chicago Triathlon (DuSable Harbor), Magellan Spring Half Marathon (Lakeshore East Park), Shamrock Shuffle and

Hot Chocolate 15K (Grant Park). Make use of the Lakefront Trail to get in shape.

Bicycle enthusiasts can take advantage of the separate biking trails along the Lakefront Path. Access the Lake from the Lakeshore East Park via the garage next to the Lancaster building, 401 N. Westshore Dr. Rent bikes at one of the many Divvy Bike rental sites in New Eastside or at rental company Bike & Roll located at Upper E. Randolph St. Mobile bicycle repair shop Pedal to the People sets up right in the Lakeshore East Park so you can get all your bike maintenance without leaving the neighborhood. Don’t forget to participate in Bike the Drive, a recreational ride held each year in May, usually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. During Bike the Drive, Lake Shore Drive is closed to motor vehicle traffic and opened exclusively to bicycles for several hours beginning at dawn.

Take advantage of your indoor pool or a neighbor’s with private or group instruction in Lakeshore East provided by the British Swim School at North Harbor Tower, 175 N. Harbor Dr., or contact Swim with Kathy – Chicago for lessons at the Aqua, 225 N. Columbus Dr. Lake swimmers can train by the sea wall at Ohio Street Beach next to Navy Pier. Lanes are zoned in the Lake during peak training season.

British Swim School
175 N. Harbor Dr. • Chicago, IL 60601
(708) 613-5179 •

Swim with Kathy – Chicago
225 N. Columbus Dr. • Chicago, IL 60601
(704) 258-2045 •

Lake & River
It is just a five-minute walk from Lakeshore East to the waterfront and Chicago River where you can learn to sail at Columbia Yacht Club, kayak down the Chicago River with Urban Kayaks, go fishing, or take a water taxi to the Shedd Aquarium, museums, Navy Pier and even up-river to work.

Local Business Events
Local grocery store Mariano’s hosts a number of classes and events throughout the year. These include wine tasting, flower arranging, cooking demonstrations, story time and special performances for kids.

333 E. Benton Pl. • Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 228-1349 •

Residential Buildings

340 on the Park
340 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 938-3576

400 East Randolph
400 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 321-0613

225 N. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 233-0225

450 E. Waterside Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 729-0901

345 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 946-4040

Columbus Plaza
233 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 861-1200

Harbor Point
155 N. Harbor Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-0155

201 N. Westshore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 228-9701

Millennium Park Plaza
155 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 616-6000

North Harbor Tower
175 N. Harbor Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 819-1880

Park Millennium
222 N. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-0105

195 N. Harbor Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 540-6800

420 E. Waterside Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 819-1754

400 E. South Water St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 540-1050

The Buckingham
360 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 938-4488

360 E. South Water St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 540-1150


GEMS World Academy – Chicago
350 S. Water St. • Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 809-8900 •
Grades K-12 – Independent – Full-time

GEMS World Academy – Chicago is an independent international school situated in Lakeshore East. It has an international curriculum, technology-rich environment and master teachers are preparing students with the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to excel at the world’s top colleges and beyond.

Lakefront Children’s Academy
400 E. Randolph St. • Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 819-1760 •
Ages 2-6 years – Half days/part-time/full-time

New Eastside’s longest standing early education center is conveniently located at the 400 E. Randolph St. condominium building. Flexible program choices provide convenience for parents and a safe, nurturing environment encourages children to learn. With a one-of-kind curriculum students are enriched with many extracurricular offerings such as music and languages.

Bright Horizons at Lakeshore East
360 E. South Water St. • Chicago, IL 60601 • (312)-565-7300
Ages 2-5 years – Part-time/full-time day care

This three classroom daycare provides quality early childhood education in the heart of New Eastside. A curriculum that offers many local field trips, makes this school unique.

British School OF Chicago
161 W. 9th St. • Chicago, IL 60605
(773) 599-2472 •
Grades JK-12 – Full-time

British International School of Chicago, South Loop is the only private school in the city to house 15 grades of students, ages 3 to 18, under one roof. The purpose-built campus opened its doors in 2015, offering differentiated and international education in one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Chicago. The advanced facility features a 9,000-square-foot gymnasium, state-of-the-art science wing, two libraries, technology suites, a recording studio, restaurant-style cafeteria, community rooftop garden, sports field and more. A personalized curriculum empowers students to reach their highest potential through lessons delivered in the classroom, extracurricular clubs and sports, and during educational visits across the community.

Bright Horizons – RIVER EAST
325 E. Grand Ave. • Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 527-3573 •
Ages 6 weeks-6 years – Part-time/full-time day care center

Bright Horizons childcare located in River East is walking distance from Lakeshore East. Parents are drawn to this national brand and its high standards. Located in the same building as the AMC Theatre, the daycare offers early learning and preschool programs in a generous and tasteful space.

Kindercare South Loop
1501 S. State St. • Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 913-1557 •
Ages 6 weeks-6 years – Part-time/full-time

Kindercare is a proven brand in early childhood learning. A place where children explore, discover and learn. Kindercare has dedicated teachers who inspire your child’s love for learning and ensure that children get the positive learning experience they need to grow up happy and confident.

Ogden International
West Campus – Grades 6-12
1250 W. Erie St. • Chicago, IL 60642 • (773) 534-0866
East Campus – Grades K-5

24 W. Walton Ave. • Chicago, IL (773) 534-8110
Pre-K-12 – Full-time via Chicago Public School (CPS)

Ogden International is the Chicago public school for New Eastside. It has an International Baccalaureate program and is one of the oldest public schools in Chicago. Situated in an award-winning new building located in Chicago’s Gold Coast, admission is based on residency. School bus service runs to Lakeshore East.

Park District of Chicago Kiddie College
Maggie Daley Field House • 337 E. Randolph St. • Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 742-3918 •
Ages 4-6 years – Two hours, part-time

The Chicago Park District offers affordable early education with certified teachers and a fully equipped classroom. Extracurricular classes, such as tennis, tumbling, arts and crafts, music and motion, are available for kids after class ends to extend their learning.


Buy essentials at the Village Market or take yourself on a shopping adventure on Michigan Avenue or State Street. The best of Chicago’s shopping is just steps away. Use the under-ground Pedway system in winter for direct access from New Eastside into the Loop with connections to shopping at Macy’s on State Street, Block 37 and much more.

Local shops

The Village Market
333 E. Benton Pl. • Chicago, IL 60601

Lakeshore East’s local retail complex houses a number of restaurants and stores including a grocery store Mariano’s, where you’ll find all your essential household and food items.

Illinois Center
151 E. Wacker Dr. • Chicago, IL 60601

The Illinois Center is a complex consisting of five office buildings along Michigan Avenue and E. Wacker Dr.; two hotels, the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Swissôtel Chicago; and one residential building, Columbus Plaza, 233 E. Wacker Dr. The building is connected by an enclosed pedestrian concourse, the Pedway, and contains 100 or so shops and restaurants.

Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is the 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue that runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south, to Oak Street to the north. The Magnificent Mile district is a world-renowned showcase of style, flavors and entertainment. From flagship stores of upscale brands, to boutiques and one-of-a-kind trendy shops, the range of goods offered will spark every interest.

State Street

from Congress Parkway to the Chicago River

Visit famed department store Macy’s on State Street as well as Block 37 shopping mall and Target. Many other international brand names can be found along this well-known section of State Street in Chicago’s Loop.

Macy’s on State Street
111 N. State St. • Chicago, IL 60602 • (312) 781-1000

Block 37
108 N. State St. • Chicago, IL 60602 • (312) 261-4738