Initial demolition is wrapping up for the Aon Center Plaza renovation at 200 E Randolph Street in New Eastside. Located at the foot of the iconic 83-story Aon Center tower, improvements to the half-acre space will include a mix of soft seating, gardens, fire pits, an outdoor bar, open grass areas, and accessible ramps. Aon Center owner 601W Companies is responsible for the half-acre revamp, which will lie directly across from Millennium Park and serve as a public space for both office tenants and visitors.
Engineering and architecture firm HGA is behind the project, whose open and green design deviates from the plaza’s original corporate aesthetic, which included a large fountain, rounded street-level enclosure, and white metal fencing around the perimeter.
The property lies amidst several nearby bus options, the closest of which are stops for Routes 4, 6, 20, and 60 directly adjacent to the property. Within a three-minute walk west are also stops for Routes 3, 26, 66, 124, 143, 147, 151, and 157 at the intersection of Michigan & Lake/Randolph. Additional stops for Routes 134, 135, and 136 can be found within a four-minute walk north.
For the CTA L, visitors and tenants will find access to the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple Lines via a seven-minute walk southwest to Washington/Wabash station. Those looking to board Blue Line trains will find Washington station a seven-minute walk west, while Red Line service can be found an eight-minute walk west to Lake station.
BEAR Construction is serving as the general contractor of the the $6.5 million undertaking, with a completion date penned for late summer of this year. According to a recent article by the Chicago Tribune, 601W Companies still plans the long-awaited observatory at the top of 1,136-foot-tall Aon Center, with construction expected to kick off by the middle of this year.