A Zombie Skyscraper Plan Thrusts Its Fist From the Loop Loam
Sep03

A Zombie Skyscraper Plan Thrusts Its Fist From the Loop Loam

It’s been about six years since we last heard anything from the plan to put a southern addition on to the residential building at 151 North Michigan Avenue known these days as Millennium Park Plaza.  And what happens every six years?  That’s right, city building permissions expire. So it is little surprise that Crain’s Chicago Business picked up on the movement of paperwork at the county level for the long and...

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Status Update: Millennium Park Plaza Progress
Mar18

Status Update: Millennium Park Plaza Progress

Construction continues at the base of Millennium Park Plaza (151 North Michigan Avenue), the 40-story residential building on Michigan Avenue in the Loop that’s transforming its first and second floors into a retail and office arcade.  It’s one of six retail construction projects underway along Michigan Avenue in the two blocks between Millennium Park and the Chicago River, and has already inked a deal for a giant flashy...

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Status Update: McClurg Court Center Retail
Mar12

Status Update: McClurg Court Center Retail

The new retail space at McClurg Court Center (600 North McClurg Court) is really starting to take shape. The ground floor spaces of the two towers are being gutted and are being replaced with some snazzy-looking retail space. Five new small stores are being created along Ontario Street, joining the two existing stores there. Seven new stores are going in along Ohio Street, and one massive new store space is being carved out at the...

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Millennium Park Plaza’s Makeover is Underway
Jan29

Millennium Park Plaza’s Makeover is Underway

A five million dollar makeover has begun at Millennium Park Plaza (151 North Michigan Avenue).  The bottom portion of the building is being gutted and replaced with state-of-the-art retail space. In the decade we’ve been covering Chicago, we can only remember one business ever in this space, and it was only a small half-subterranean bodega. The renovated retail plaza will have seven spaces across two floors, ranging in size from...

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Slice of Life: Curves, Stripes, and a Spire
Feb23

Slice of Life: Curves, Stripes, and a Spire

Everyone’s favorite new Chicago landmark, Cloud Gate, grabs onto the stright lines of 150 North Michigan Avenue, the Trump International Hotel and Tower (401 North Wabash Avenue), Millennium Park Plaza (151 North Michigan Avenue), and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Tower (300 East Randolph Street) and bends them to its...

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