300 North Michigan Penciled in for a Tower — Again

An old commercial building in the NoMiSoRi (North Michigan South of the River — pronounced “No Misery”) micro-neighborhood is in play again.

300 North Michigan Avenue in better days

300 North Michigan Avenue in better days

The former retail and office building that was most recently a Walgreens, but originally constructed as a warehouse, has been the subject of this kind of talk before. Especially after The John Buck Company and bKL Architecture took a nearly identical space a block south and turned it into the MiLa residential tower.

The latest word of movement comes from the Chicago Tribune, which reports that local developers Sterling Bay and Magellan Development have teamed up with money from Chinese auto parts manufacturer Wanxiang Group to erect an apartment tower that the newspaper describes only as “big.”

How big is “big?”  Word on the street from people who are in a position to make an educated guess is in the 40 to 50-story range, similar to the stature of MiLa.


Location: 300 North Michigan Avenue, The Loop


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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  1. Have you ever found a definitive date for when 300 North Michigan was built? I’ve had 1890s in my head, but not sure where that came from.

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    • Editor

      I don’t think you’re far off. I once had a date and reference for every building on Michigan Avenue north of 20-somethingth Street, but when I wrote this article I couldn’t find that repository. I distinctly remember detailing that building in an article about how the whole area used to be a wharf and warehouses, but that text appears to have been lost in the involuntary migration off of Google’s Blogspot platform a decade or so ago. If I ever find it again, I’ll ping you.

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