The Legacy at Millennium Park

The Legacy at Millennium Park is a 72-story condominium tower that rises 820 feet above the heart of Chicago’s Loop, providing a dynamic addition to the city’s evolving skyline, while seamlessly interacting at street level with a historic landmark neighborhood.

Client

Mesa Development

Location

Chicago, IL

Awards

2012 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2012 Vision Award for “Best Urban Project”

2011 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Best in American Living Gold Award (BALA) in High-rise Multifamily Housing

2011 Emporis Skyscraper Award Top 10 in 2010 (International Buildings over 100 meters tall)

2011 Friends of Downtown Best New Residential Building

2010 CTBUH Tallest 20 in 2010, Tallest building completed in 2010 in North America

2010 Midwest Construction Award Project of the Year in Multi-Family Residential/ Hospitality

The 1,072,000-square-foot building maximizes its constricted urban site by incorporating a program that includes 356 residences and associated amenities; academic space for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC); expanded athletic facilities for the century-old University Club and structured residential parking above ground-level retail.

The building lies within the Jeweler’s Row Historic District, surrounded by landmark buildings (Adler and Sullivan’s oldest surviving design and several by Holabird & Root). The SCB design team worked with the city’s Planning and Landmarks Divisions to restore the façades of three vacant 6-story buildings on the site, and incorporate them into the tower’s base. The ground level façades of the historic SAIC building immediately south of the site were also restored. The Legacy lobby is within the SAIC building and the parking entrance is on Wabash. The soaring tower sets back above these façades, allowing it to fit in with its small-scaled neighbors.

The tower’s tapered floor plan maximizes the number of units with views of the skyline, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan. The eastern-most portion of the tower cantilevers five feet over a private alley, accenting the slender profile of the building from the Park and augmenting the lakefront views to the North and South. In order to gain additional square footage, the air rights of the existing University Club to the east were purchased by the developer. As part of their agreement, the area on the 13th floor of the tower was created for five additional squash courts for the club. A unique cantilevered bridge spans the private alley connecting the University Club’s existing squash courts to the new courts within the tower. At the 13th floor, the tower rests upon a nine-foot matt slab which was utilized in transferring the tower’s structure to the garage structure below.

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In order to gain additional square footage, the air-rights of the existing University Club were purchased by the developer. As part of their agreement, area on the 13th floor of the tower was created for five additional squash courts for the club. A uniquely cantilevered bridge spans the private alley connecting the University Club’s existing squash courts to the new courts within the tower. At the 13th floor, the tower rests upon a nine-foot matt slab, which was utilized in transferring the tower structure to the garage below.