Yesterday, the renovated plaza officially opened at the base of the 83-story Aon Center, located at the 200 E Randolph Street address in New Eastside. Owner 601W Companies overhauled the half-acre outdoor venue as part of a larger effort to modernize the iconic 1,136-foot supertall, whose eventual plans will include an observatory, thrill ride, and glass elevator.
The previous design of the plaza was completed alongside the Aon Center tower in 1974. The new iteration by landscape architecture firm HGA focuses more on flora and lounge areas for both tenants and the general public. As seen in completion photos, the space includes various open grass and gardens, soft seating areas, fire pits, an outdoor bar, and both ramp and elevator options for greater accessibility.
Both the tower and plaza are directly north of Grant Park, with a variety of nearby public transit for both tenants and visitors. Within a five-minute walk alone, bus service can be found for Routes 3, 26, 66, 124, 143, 147, 151, and 157. Anyone looking to board the CTA L will find all lines within a 10-minute walk west toward The Loop.
In recent years, various Chicago downtown office developments built in the 20th century have seen a major surge in renovations for both the accessory plaza spaces and interior amenities. Other examples include Michigan Plaza just to the northwest, as well as Two Illinois Center directly north of there.
BEAR Construction served as general contractor for the now completed $6.5 million project.