The transformation of the Shoreland, Chicago

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Shoreland was built in 1926 as one of Chicago’s grandest apartment hotels. Gracing the south lakeshore, this prominent destination had such notable guests as Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Al Capone, and Elvis Presley. Though many people consider buildings like Shoreland to be at the end of their life, Antheus Capital and Studio Gang Architects saw an opportunity to renovate, restore, and save a piece of Chicago’s history.

Narrated by architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, and David Gwinn, Silliman Group’s Director of Design, the film takes viewers through the meticulous process of this unique transformation. From demolition to construction to finished space, watch as Shoreland prepares itself to once again become a prominent destination and center of cultural and social life.