A space that was once crowded with tourists ordering lattes is now crowded with heavy equipment building Chicago’s newest skyscraper.
Caissons are being drilled in the lakeside loam to support what will eventually be 41 stories of apartments at 200 North Michigan Avenue. The blue glass tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL, is the latest major change in a three-block stretch of Michigan Avenue that even 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly once called “seedy.”
Older buildings all around the intersection of Lake and Michigan are being renovated into hotels, upgrading their retail spaces, and generally positioning themselves to take advantage of the tourists and commerce flowing between the north side of the Chicago River and Millennium Park.
When complete 200 North Michigan will rise 488 feet over Michigan Avenue, somewhat less than the 537 feet the city originally granted the developer, John Buck Company. The pedestrian-facing sides of the building will feature retail space on the first two floors, and according to Rafael Carreira of John Buck Company, panels illuminated from within to mask the remainder of its parking garage.