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900 North Michigan
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General information
Location 900 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago
Status Complete
Constructed 1989
Use Mixed
Height
Roof 871 ft (265 m)
Technical details
Floor count 66
Companies involved
Architect(s) Kohn Pederson Fox Associates
HKS
Contractor J.A. Jones Construction
Developer Urban Retail Properties

900 North Michigan in Chicago is a skyscraper completed in 1989. At 871 feet (265 m) tall, it is currently the seventh tallest building in Chicago and the 25th 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. Bloomingdales sits at the rear of its wide, six-story atrium, with other luxury shops and restaurants filling the rest. This is why it is commonly referred to as the "Bloomingdales Building".[1] The mall opened with Henri Bendel as a "junior anchor", since replaced by men's clothier Mark Shale. 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 8-28, but floors 21-28 were converted to condo units in 2007, leaving offices on floors 8-20. The luxurious Four Seasons Hotel occupies the middle floors (32-46) of the tower. Floors 48-66 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 made. Because the building's materials switched half way up, cranes had to stop working while new ones were constructed for the concrete. Four lit "lanterns" atop the structure give it a distinctive skyline presence. They change colors for the Christmas season.[1]

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Position in Chicago's skyline

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 Smurfit-Stone 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 Michigan The 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 87.625°W / 41.89972; -87.625

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Simple English

900 North Michigan
General information
Location Chicago

United States
Status Complete
Constructed 1989
Height
Antenna or spire 265 m (871 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 66

900 North Michigan is a skyscraper in Chicago, United States. It is 265 meters (871 feet) tall and has 66 floors. It was built in 1989 and is one of the tallest buildings in the world

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