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.
Terrain and landscaping work is taking shape at the foot of New Eastside‘s 83-story Aon Center, where the owner 601W Companies has planned for a major overhaul of the existing plaza and entry area. Located at 200 E Randolph Street, the nearly $7 million undertaking aims to provide a new public space that will serve as a gateway to the 1,136-foot tower, while acting as an extension of the adjacent Grant Park.
Preliminary site work can be seen moving ahead for Aon Center‘s plaza renovation, situated at 200 E Randolph Street in New Eastside. The development will serve as revitalized public space and entryway to the 1,136-foot-tall Aon Center, which was originally designed by Edward Durell Stone and The Perkins and Will partnership and completed in 1974. Aon Center’s owner 601W Companies is overseeing the transformation, expected to cost roughly $6.5 million to complete.
Demolition is wrapping up for the Aon Center Plaza renovation at 200 E Randolph Street in the northeast corner of The Loop. Located just south of the iconic 83-story Aon Center Tower, the $6.5 million improvements to the half-acre space will include a mix of soft seating, gardens, fire pits, an outdoor par, open grass space, and accessible ramps. Planned by Aon Center owner 601W Companies, the new space will lie directly across Randolph Street, and serve as a public extension to the Millennium Park area.
Today, YIMBY shows the evolution of Chicago’s skyline through an unlikely pairing: Ferris Bueller and Google Earth. We have three shots from Paramount Picture’s iconic 1986 coming-of-age film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, which we then compare to photos of the city from the same angle today.