A Noisy New Year on North Michigan Avenue

Between the fireworks at Navy Pier and the ignorant blaring of taxi horns, there was another loud way to ring in the new year at the upper end of Michigan Avenue.

A small fire broke out at the Elysées Condominiums.  Based on the number of fire trucks responding, it looked like the apocalypse had arrived, but it turned out to be a couch that caught fire on the 36th floor.  Still, good for the CFD for sending more units rather than fewer to something that could have easily turned into something far worse.  According to the Tribune, the only person who needed medical attention was a woman who walked down all 36 floors to escape the flames.

I don’t blame her for needing medical attention.  I walked down 25 floors of the Century Tower when every elevator failed on my first day of work at a new job.  I could have used an oxygen mask, too.

Unfortunately, the B-team (probably the C-team, actually) has to work at the Tribune on New Year’s Eve while the brightest stars spend time with family and friends.  That means the city’s newspaper of record identified the 56-story Elysées Condominiums as the 100-story John Hancock Center.  But it’s not like I’ve never made a mistake in front of millions of people before, either.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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