669 North Michigan Avenue

Location:Chicago, Illinois
Client: McCaffery Interests
 
Project description: 669 North Michigan Avenue is located in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. It's now the home to Nike Chicago. This iconic building was the former home of Saks Fifth Avenue and was sitting vacant awaiting demolition by its then owner. The building was acquired in 1991 from its owner/developer who had intended to tear it down and build a high rise apartment tower. Shortly after the acquisition, the building was rehabilitated and converted into the on-street home of retailers Cole Haan, Sony, and Nike Chicago.

Upon completion and re-tenanting, it became one of the most visited tourist attractions in the City of Chicago. Its redevelopment is widely heralded as one of the first redevelopments that showed that street level urban buildings could be converted to single retail uses, and in doing so could create acceptable economic returns to developers and investors. As a part of the redevelopment, a very historic part of Michigan Avenue was also saved. The rear portion of the building is home to Malabry Court, a collection of five small townhomes that date back to the late 19th century.

Services: Architecture

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