Final glass pieces are being installed for 300 N Michigan Avenue, a 47-story mixed-use skyscraper in The Loop. Co-developers Sterling Bay and Magellan have planned for a retail base, a 280-key citizenM hotel on the lower levels, and 289 rental apartment units, collectively dubbed “Millie on Michigan.”
The hotel segment will have access to an indoor/outdoor amenity space on the fourth floor, while residents will have their own separate amenity level on the 46th floor. Most notably within this upper common area is a pair of rooftop terraces, one facing west down the Chicago River main stem, the other facing east toward the lake. Both the hotel and the residences will also have access to a shared, fully-outfitted fitness center.
The 523-foot-tall downtown addition is the work of Chicago-based firm bKL Architecture. The facade includes Vision Glass glazing, whose metal trimming patterns adjust according to the internal programming. The shape of the building is rectilinear with various setbacks and cut-outs. The fourth and fifth floors are set back from Michigan Avenue to allow for the hotel’s open-air amenity terrace. The crown is also set back to allow for the two aforementioned rooftop terraces.
Given its location within the city’s center, the project is heavily transit-oriented. There will be 22 on-site bike spaces and 48 bike storage spaces. Bus stops for Routes 3, 6, 20, 26, 66, 124, 143, 146, 147, 148, 151, 157, 850, 851, and 855 are all immediately accessible via the adjacent corner of Michigan & South Water. For rail service, the Metra’s Millennium station can be found via four-minute walk south, while all CTA L trains are available within a 10-minute walking radius.
Linn-Mathes Inc has served as general contractor for the reportedly $175 million undertaking. Occupancy is expected for this coming spring.