Michigan Avenue High Rise About to Lose Its Head
Aug29

Michigan Avenue High Rise About to Lose Its Head

The on-again, off-again renovation of 168 North Michigan Avenue into a boutique hotel is about to kick into high gear. A permit has been issued to lop off the top of the 1916 building so that construction crews can add more floors. Right now the former Federal Life Insurance Company building is a dozen stories tall, but it was originally designed by Marshall and Fox to be 16. Crews working for Oxford Capital Group and Quadrum have...

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Planned Michigan Avenue Hotel Asks For More Height
Jul08

Planned Michigan Avenue Hotel Asks For More Height

A Michigan Avenue building that never lived up to its potential may finally do so — and then some.  168 North Michigan Avenue was built back in 1916 as the headquarters of the Federal Life Insurance Company.  It was designed by Marshall and Fox to be 16 stories tall, but only made it to 12.  Even so, when the building opened, it was considered a showcase of modern aesthetics and luxury appointments. In modern times, it was known as...

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Work to Resume at Stalled Michigan Avenue Hotel Conversion
May09

Work to Resume at Stalled Michigan Avenue Hotel Conversion

The transformation of the North Michigan Avenue corridor between the Chicago River and Millennium Park is about to get kicked up a notch.  Long-stalled work on the building at 168 North Michigan Avenue is expected to resume soon. A trio of dead permits have been reinstated allowing construction crews to fix the exterior terra cotta on the 12 (should be 16) story building.  Right now the building’s exterior is a pockmarked mess...

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