Michigan Avenue’s newest high-rise by bKL Architecture is under construction

from left: Charles Becker, Becker Ventures; Dan Raleigh, Partners Group (USA)Inc.; Carrie Meghie, Becker Ventures; John Buck, The John Buck Company; Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago; Michael Glandt, Fifth Third Bank; Mark Degner, Partners Group (USA Inc.; and Scott Egarian, Partners Group (Donna Binbek)

from left: Charles Becker, Becker Ventures; Dan Raleigh, Partners Group (USA)Inc.; Carrie Meghie, Becker Ventures; John Buck, The John Buck Company; Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago; Michael Glandt, Fifth Third Bank; Mark Degner and Scott Egarian, Partners Group (USA)Inc. (Photo: Donna Binbek)

Last year AN broke news of plans for the first residential high-rise on Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue in decades. Last Friday, James McHugh Construction Company and Pepper Construction Company broke ground on the 41-story tower at 200 N. Michigan Ave., which is expected to be complete in mid-2016.

(bKL Architecture)

(bKL Architecture)

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At 411 feet tall, the $155 million building will house 402 high-end residential units, as well as 22,000 square feet of retail on the first- and second-floor frontages along Michigan Avenue and Lake Street. The podium also includes a parking structure with 125 stalls, which designers bKL Architecture said will be screened tastefully to respect the storied downtown location’s active streetscape.

The site is adjacent to the Daniel Burnham–designed Carbide and Carbon building, and bKL’s renderings show green glass that references the art deco landmark next door. Mullion patterns on the north and south faces of the apartment tower add texture to the facade, while the eastern-facing profile is kept purposefully minimal, according to bKL, in deference to the classic facades of Michigan Avenue.

One Response to “Michigan Avenue’s newest high-rise by bKL Architecture is under construction”

  1. ardecila says:

    I don’t blame you for overlooking Lucien Lagrange’s Ritz Carlton Residences, but this is not quite the “first residential highrise in decades” on North Michigan.

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