bKL Up for Michigan Avenue’s Newest Skyscraper

The latest skyscraper to light up what used to be a forgettable stretch of North Michigan Avenue appears to be making great progress.

Construction of 300 North Michigan Avenue in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.)
Construction of 300 North Michigan Avenue in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.)

Loop Spy Mike sent in these pictures of construction at 300 North Michigan Avenue.  The Sterling Bay and Magellan Development project designed by bKL is rising across the street from the historic and awesome Carbide and Carbon building, where we unexpectedly lived for a couple of months in a Hard Rock Hotel room with our cat, Louie.  R.I.P., little orange buddy.

March 2019 rendering of 300 North Michigan Avenue
March 2019 rendering of 300 North Michigan Avenue

The previous building at this location was a poorly aged booze warehouse that was turned into offices up top and street-level retail so forgettable that we forgot what it was.

In its place is rising a 47-story architectural Peanut Buster Parfait with retail at the bottom, followed by a layer of parking, a ganache of hotel, and a thick swirl of cool refreshing soft serve apartments.  Whether this will be sprinkled with nuts is up to the leasing agents.

Construction of 300 North Michigan Avenue in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.)
Construction of 300 North Michigan Avenue in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.)

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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