200 North Michigan Avenue has been erased. These photos from Loop Spy Daniel show the demolition of the former six-story commercial building is down to dirt, gravel, and some presumably historic bricks.
So now all eyes are peering through the wooden barriers trying to catch the first glimpse of the first truck carrying the first machinery to drill the first caisson for the new and improved 200 North Michigan.
That skyscraper, designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture, will be a residential tower with retail space on the first and second floors. Everyone asks if the tiny, but essential, Starbucks that was in this building will return. To date, we haven’t heard anything. But Teavanna, which is owned by Starbucks, has pledged to open here.
The new skyscraper’s developer, The John Buck Company, recently reduced the apartment tower’s height from 45 to 41 stories.