The Park at Lakeshore East

The Centerpiece of the Lakeshore East Community, Chicago, Illinois


  • Lakeshore East

Property Type:

  • 6-acre Public Park


  • 6-acres


  • The Office of James Burnett, Site Design
  • Site Design Group, Landscape Architect

Status: Completed 2004

Six acres of serenity in the heart of the city-The magnificent park at Lakeshore East is the centerpiece of the community. This virtual botanic garden designed by world-renowned landscape architect James Burnett together with Chicago’s Site Design Group was officially dedicated to the city of Chicago by Mayor Daley and other city officials on Saturday, July 16, 2005.

A blend of stairway terraces, sidewalks, vast green spaces, interactive and aesthetic cascading water elements, and intimate gardens, this oasis in the heart of downtown is rapidly developing a reputation as the biggest and best front yard in the Chicago metropolitan area. At night the park illumination is a light show highlighting the unique navigational patterns of the design of pathways, the grand staircase and the back lit mystical flowing waters.

Additional special areas in this botanical gem included on the list of Great Chicago Places and Spaces by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events include a delightful children’s playground, an enclosed dog park and a magnificent open meadow.

The surrounds include hundreds of varieties of trees and plants identifiable through The Park at Lakeshore East’s own Botanical Guide.


  • 2008 American Architecture Awards-The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
  • 2008 Mayor Daley’s Landscape Award for Specialized Gardens
  • Named 2006’s Best New Park by Chicago Magazine (August 2006 issue)
  • Best New Open Space awarded by the Friends of Downtown
  • Best of the Best 2005 award by Midwest Construction magazine
  • 2005 American Society of Landscape Architect Award