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Old Michigan Avenue building ready to bite the dust for glassy tower

A glowing glass lobby and retail space on a busy downtown corner. It is topped by angled columns creating an open-air mezzanine with hotel rooms above.

A rendering of 300 N. Michigan Avenue. | bKL Architecture

Downtown’s “Millennium Mile” is heating up

Just weeks after securing a zoning change from city officials, developer Sterling Bay is moving forward with its plans to demolish an older building on Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park and replace it with a 46-story mixed-use tower.

The existing four-story masonry structure at 300 N. Michigan Avenue landed its first demolition permit late last week. Although demo work hasn’t started just yet, a survey crew was on-site Monday morning. The downtown property has sat vacant since its final commercial tenant moved out more than three years ago.

In its place, the Sterling Bay and partners Magellan Development Group and Wanxiang America Real Estate Group plan a glassy 510-foot tower designed by bKL Architecture. The $252 million project calls for 289 rental apartments, 280 hotel rooms, ground-floor commercial space, and 22 parking spots.

A vacant four-story masonry structure with a brown brick facade. The lower floors are papered over while taller buildings rise on two sides.
Jay Koziarz
Not much longer for this world.

The development team pledged seven units of affordable housing on-site, a $4 million contribution to the Affordable Housing Fund, and $3.9 million for Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund which will be reinvested in the city’s underserved communities.

The upcoming mixed-use tower is the latest development to transform the stretch of Michigan Avenue just south of the river—an area some call “Millennium Mile.” Recent nearby projects include the MiLa apartments and Chicago Architecture Center as well as hospitality offerings like the Hotel Julien, LondonHouse Hotel, and the St. Jane Hotel.

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