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300 N. Michigan: What’s That Building?

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Strolling down Michigan Avenue from the river toward Millennium Park, you spot two giant Ms.

Developers Sterling Bay and Magellan completed the 47-story tower at 300 North Michigan this summer.designed by bKL architectureThe building has 30 floors of apartments called Millie of Michigan and 10 floors of hotel rooms called CitizenM.

The retail space on the lower level is not yet in use (but cross your fingers and give the M&M store a lease).

If a pair of two-story-tall Ms weren’t eye-catching enough, there could be a riot of colors they reveal. Serving the structural purpose we get, Ms creates something like a front porch, an outdoor space that resides on floors 5 and 6. The porch ceiling is designed by a Chicago-born artist and features a vibrant Here is his 2,000 square foot mural. Nina Chanel Abney.

Chicago-born artist Nina Chanel Abney created a mural on the building’s porch ceiling. K’Von Jackson from WBEZ

The rest of the tower looks like many other new buildings in Chicago.

The Porch is an inviting social space, an outdoor extension of the CitizenM Hotel’s main reception and bar area located indoors on the 6th floor. During a tour of the building, Brian Bezanis, vice president of mega-developer Sterling Bay, told WBEZ. reset The space with the mural was originally designed to be covered with metal panels. But hotel officials wanted something visually stimulating to match the interior design, which is a tornado of colors, light and materials.

Supports split-shaped struts
The stanchions are split into segmented shapes to make more space available for the not-yet-finished retail store. K’Von Jackson from WBEZ

And those Mr.? They are trusses that change the number of structural columns from four on apartment and hotel floors to three on retail floors below. Think of it as Ys with his two outstretched arms receiving a load from above and transferring it to his one leg.

Above Y, “the column spacing is about 22 feet, which is ideal for apartments and hotel rooms,” says Bezanis. But under Y says, “Retailers don’t want all these columns in their space.”

There are 28 rooms on the hotel floor and 10 rooms on the apartment floor.

Room at 300 North Michigan
Room at 300 North Michigan. K’Von Jackson from WBEZ

These hotel rooms are small, 8 feet by 22. CitizenM Hotels: A relatively small room, but a large social space. The room here is 176 square feet, more than half. Average US hotel room The size is 325 square feet.

The concept of CitizenM is that guests spend more time in the hotel’s social spaces, such as the front porch, check-in, and the bar and lounge space most people call the lobby, but CitizenM calls it the living room. increase.

Citizen M hotel lobby
Lobby of Citizen M Hotel. K’Von Jackson from WBEZ

of apartment Ranging from studios of about 550 square feet ($2,200 per month) to two-bedrooms of about 1,140 square feet ($4,000 to about $5,200). They have a lot of social space too. Renters have access to the front porch of Citizen M. Also around the north corner of the building is an outdoor rooftop for tenants only. There is a dog exercise area in another porch-like cutout about 10 flights up.

But the best part is the 46th floor, which is accessible only to tenants. Indoors there are co-working spaces and other rooms, while outdoors there is a terrace with views of both Michigan Avenue and the westward flow of the river. Stunning views inside and out of architecture fans’ list of Chicago’s biggest hits, including the Wrigley Building, the 333 N. Michigan skyscraper, the Twin Marina City Towers, and the Art Deco characters and scenes carved into the St. Regis there is.

Skyline Carbon and Carbide Buildings
300 N. Michigan overlooks the top floors of the Carbide and Carbon building. K’Von Jackson from WBEZ

They all look great from above, but the real surprise is seeing the golden spires and shoulders of the 1929 treasure Carbide and Carbon Building up close.

Dennis Rodkin is a residential real estate reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business and Reset’s “What’s That Building?” Contributor. Follow him on Twitter @Dennis_Rodkin.

K’Von Jackson is a freelance photojournalist for Reset’s What’s That Building? Follow him on Instagram @true_chicago.

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