Renderings have been made public for an upcoming commercial structure at 151 N Michigan Avenue in The Loop. The site overlooks Millennium Park with the parcel sitting at the intersection of W Randolph Street and N Michigan Avenue.
BJB Partners are developing this new building that will replace a vacant lot, formerly occupied by a restaurant. Lamar Johnson Collaborative designed the project which will be a three-story addition to Millennium Park Plaza directly adjacent to the north of this site. The build will house 15,000 total square feet and with roughly 5,300 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. The second and third levels will be designed with restaurant and commercial tenants in mind. Two existing levels of basement parking will remain under this plan.
This build is an addition and will require a renovation of at least 5,500 square feet at the base of the existing structure. This will allow the second level to be accessed through the existing tower as its entrance.
The third floor will have an outdoor terrace overlooking N Michigan Avenue totaling 1,000 square feet of outdoor space. There is a roof deck planned which would likely be made available to the existing residential units in the adjacent tower.
The entrances to the proposed ground-floor commercial spaces are located along N Michigan Avenue. The second and third levels will have their entrance along N Beaubien Street to alleviate traffic.
The property will need to rezone to DX-16 and will need to be presented to the Committee on Zoning later this month. Next steps will involve the project development team seeking an administrative adjustment, and a review from the Department of Planning and Development, in order to potentially secure permitting.