City Council Approves Rezoning for 151 N Michigan Avenue in The Loop

The Chicago City Council recently approved a rezoning bid for a new low-rise building to be located at 151 N Michigan Avenue in the Loop. The structure is located on a small site overlooking Millennium Park, 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.

The total square footage for the space clocks in at 15,000 square feet.  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 second and third floors will be offered to hospitality and commercial tenants. 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.

151 N Michigan Avenue via Lamar Johnson Collaborative

151 N Michigan Avenue via Lamar Johnson Collaborative

With the task of securing the rezone to DX-16, the 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.

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