900 North Michigan

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900 North Michigan Avenue
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900 North Michigan is located in Chicago metropolitan area
900 North Michigan
Location within Chicago metropolitan area
900 North Michigan is located in Illinois
900 North Michigan
900 North Michigan (Illinois)
900 North Michigan is located in the US
900 North Michigan
900 North Michigan (the US)
General information
Type Mixed
Location 900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Completed 1988
Roof 871 ft (265 m)
Technical details
Floor count 66
Design and construction
Architect Kohn Pedersen Fox
HKS, Inc.
Developer Urban Retail Properties
Main contractor J.A. Jones Construction

900 North Michigan in Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois, is a skyscraper completed in 1989. At 871 feet (265 m) tall, it is currently the eighth-tallest building in Chicago and the 31st-tallest in the United States. It was developed by Urban Retail Properties in 1988 as an upscale sister to Water Tower Place, one block southeast, and was the second vertical mall built along the Magnificent Mile.

The building features a large, upscale shopping mall called 900 North Michigan Shops. Bloomingdale's occupies the rear of its wide, six-story atrium, with other luxury shops and restaurants filling the remaining spaces. For this reason, it is commonly referred to as the "Bloomingdale's Building",[1] the mall opened with Henri Bendel as a "junior anchor". The layout of the retail area reflects lessons learned from Water Tower Place; the anchor's placement at the rear draws shoppers through the space and creates leasable space with valuable Michigan Avenue frontage, while the arrangement of escalators in parallel, rather than in zig-zags, directs foot traffic past more shops.

Offices originally occupied floors 8–29, but floors 21–29 were converted to condo units in 2007, leaving offices on floors 8–20, the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel occupies the middle floors (30–46) of the tower. Floors 47–66 are part of the 132 East Delaware Residences, these 106 condominiums were part of the original building plan. A large 12-story parking garage, with retail on the ground level and a medical clinic atop, occupies the rear half of the block, facing Rush Street.

The exterior of the tower is clad in limestone and green glass which reflects the light, the building has a steel skeleton on which a concrete frame was erected for the upper floors. Because the building materials changed, cranes used to work on the lower floors could not be used for the concrete portion and new cranes had to be erected to complete the building. Four lit "lanterns" atop the structure give it a distinctive skyline presence, they change colors for the Christmas season.[1]



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311 South Wacker Willis Tower Chicago Board of Trade Building 111 South Wacker AT&T Corporate Center Kluczynski Federal Building CNA Center Chase Tower Three First National Plaza Mid-Continental Plaza Richard J. Daley Center Chicago Title and Trust Center 77 West Wacker Pittsfield Building Leo Burnett Building The Heritage at Millennium Park Crain Communications Building IBM Plaza One Prudential Plaza Two Prudential Plaza Aon Center Blue Cross and Blue Shield Tower 340 on the Park Park Tower Olympia Centre 900 North Michigan John Hancock Center Water Tower Place Harbor Point The Parkshore North Pier Apartments Lake Point Tower Jay Pritzker Pavilion Buckingham Fountain Lake Michigan Lake Michigan Lake MichiganThe skyline of a city with many large skyscrapers; in the foreground are a green park and a lake with many sailboats moored on it. Over 30 of the skyscrapers and some park features are labeled.

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Coordinates: 41°53′59″N 87°37′30″W / 41.89972°N 87.62500°W / 41.89972; -87.62500