Heritage at Millennium Park

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130 North Garland Court, Chicago, IL

Heritage at Millennium Park
Heritage-Chicago-Exterior.jpg

Exterior of The Heritage at Millennium Park
Building Information
Developer Mesa Development, LLC
Architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Management Company DK Condo
Number of Units 358
Number of Floors 57
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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130 North Garland Court, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD 787
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Street View of Heritage at Millennium Park


The Heritage at Millennium Park, completed in 2005 by Mesa Development, is a mixed-use tower of residential and retail. With a height of 631 feet and 57 floors, the tower was designed by the renowned architectural firm of Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Heritage at Millennium Park is the 36th tallest building in Chicago, and also has heritage aspects on its existing facades. 358 residences of varying size are offered here.

Located just west of Millennium Park, with views of the Park and Lake Michigan, The Heritage is a highly sought after residence, with a full line of amenities that include an indoor pool, health club, and dog run. It was said that the Mayor, Richard Daley, had considered moving into the tower. With direct access to the extensive underground pedway system, the building is connected directly to the Chicago Cultural Center and the Macy's at State Street.

The basement and first two floors hold 100,000 square feet of retail space where boutiques and restaurants reside. The Loop and the Mag Mile on Michigan Avenue offer world class shopping. Forbes recently named the Loop as the hottest zip code in the country. The Heritage at Millennium Park is said to have led the way for the buildings that followed, including Waterview Tower and The Legacy at Millennium Park. The Heritage has a resemblance to the One Rincon Hill in San Francisco, which was also designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz.

At the time of completion, a sculpture by Richard Hunt entitled "We Will" was installed on the sidewalk at the north side of the Heritage at Millennium Park. Mesa Development gave Fannie May candy store a 25 year lease in the building in exchange for property rights.[1]


Location

In the Mag Mile shopping district, the Heritage at Millennium Park residences are nearby just everything one could imagine. Access to the Metra subway station is less than one block away, with pedway access. Retail clothing stores and restaurants are located directly inside the building, as well as additional shopping on each corner. Macy's is across the street. Many coffeehouses like Intelligentsia Coffee are nearby.

As its name suggests, Millennium Park is just one block east of the residences. Here, you can find the Harris Theater, Maggie Daley Park, Lune Garden, the Buckingham Fountain, and Grant Park. Also just a little farther east is the infamous tourist attraction of the Navy Pier, where locals can enjoy carnival like rides and daily entertainment.

Nearby schools include Taylor Business Institute, The School of the Art Institute, and Roosevelt University. Northwestern University is located on the North side of the Chicago River.

The area is deemed to be "very bike-able" as well as a "rider's paradise" for public transport.[2]

Construction

In 2000, the development team for the Heritage assembled a building site that comprised of seven parcels located behind the Chicago Cultural Center; this area assured protected views of the surrounding Michigan Lake and Grant Park.

Constructed from 2002 to 2005, The Heritage at Millennium Park is a two tiered tower that, in design, respects the early 20th century cornice lines of the historic Michigan Avenue street. It has a caisson foundation with a concrete build and a white and gray exposed concrete façade. The facade of the tower is articulated by horizontal bands at 6 floor intervals, of which historical facades have been preserved and restored. The facade has concave and convex curves, each topped with a row of vertical piers, and the design reflects the semicircular style at the nearby Millennium Park.

The building stands at 192.38 meters high with 57 levels and encompasses a total size of 1.25 million-square feet. It was the tallest residential building in the Loop when it was completed, and is now the 36th tallest in Chicago. It has a parking garage for 600 vehicles. The Contractor on the project was Walsh Construction Company. Restoration Architects McGuire Igleski & Associates restored four historic commercial façades along Wabash Avenue.[3]

Layout and Features

One to four bedroom layouts can be found at the Heritage at Millennium Park residences. Each of the residences offer luxury finishes, expansive views, and spacious floor plans.

Modern finishes include granite counter tops, stainless appliances, open kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces. Building amenities include an indoor pool, garden terrace, indoor parking, fitness center, doorman and community room. Rare four bedroom floor plans are included, as well as three bedroom plans with separate dining areas.

A penthouse unit in the building features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 4,668 square feet with high ceilings, wrap-around views on the north, east, and west for lake, park, and city views, two master bedrooms, two oversized balconies, a sound system, and motorized drapes.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 22 floor plans available for the Heritage at Millennium Park residences. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities at the residences at The Heritage at Millennium Park include:

  • 24 Hour Doorman
  • Indoor Pool
  • Garden Terrace
  • Fitness Center
  • Community Room
  • Pedway Access
  • Storage
  • Parking



Bylaws

Heritage at Millennium Park Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


Pets and rentals are allowed.

There are no age restrictions placed on ownership.

Sustainability

With easy access to public transportation routes, Heritage at Millennium Park offers its residents the convenience of eco-friendly, car free travel. Car and bike share programs are within walking distance, as well as access to a plethora of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and entertainment.

Each of the residences in the tower include double-pane windows, individually controlled heating and cooling systems, and energy efficient appliances. On site amenities like an indoor pool and dog run less the need for commuting.

Trivia

Grant Park

Millennium Park, for what the residences are named, is actually a feature of its primary park, Grant Park, which is a large, urban park of 319 acres in the Loop. The features of Grant Park include Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.

Grant Park was originally known as Lake Park, dating back to when it was founded in 1844. During 1852, when the Illinois Centrail Railroad was built, tracks were laid along the lakefront offshore of the park. A resulting lagoon was created, which became stagnant and filled with debris from the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. The city extended the park into the lake with landfill in 1896, and on October 9, 1901 the park was renamed Grant Park to honor American Civil War commanding General and United States President, Ulysses S. Grant.

More landfill in the 1910s and 1920s are now sites for the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum of Natural History, and Shedd Aquarium. In 2004, Millennium Park was born after a previously occupied section of Grant Park that was used as railyards and parking lots was covered and redeveloped.

Today the park contains performance venues, gardens, art work, sporting, and harbor facilities, and houses many public gatherings and several large annual events. The park is often called "Chicago's front yard".[5]


References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Highrises
  5. Wikipedia


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