COVID Stalls Yet Another Big Downtown Chicago Project

In the same week that Chicago fully reopened for business — both serious and monkey — comes word of yet another downtown project that has been pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic.

December, 2018 rendering of the Aon Center Observatory.
December, 2018 rendering of the Aon Center Observatory.

The Chicago Tribune reports that we’re going to have to wait until at least 2024 for the new observatory and thrill ride at the top of the Aon Center at 200 East Randolph Street.  This is at least the fourth big project in the heart of Chicago that’s been stalled by the ‘rona.  There are probably more, but we’ve been told that some companies are reluctant to admit it publicly.

El Triborino quotes the building’s grand poobah promising that the $185,000,000 SCB-designed exterior glass elevator and totally awesome viewing experience is still happening.  Just not today.  Construction may start next year.  So set your alarm clock for 2024.  We’ve been up there already, and can guarantee that if the sun is out, the views are so choice, they’ve got a USDA grade on them.

Location: 200 East Randolph Street, The Loop

Author: Editor

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

Share This Post On