Millenium Centre

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33 West Ontario Street, Chicago, IL

Millenium Centre
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Millenium Centre
Building Information
Developer Prism Development Company LLC
Architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Management Company Sudler Property Management
Number of Units 365
Number of Floors 60
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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33 West Ontario Street, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning DX12
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Located at 33 West Ontario Street, Millenium Centre is a fashionable condominium development in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. The residences at Millennium Center offer easy access to one of Chicago's most culturally dynamic neighborhoods, making this building one of the city's most sought after addresses. Each of the units feature granite foyers and kitchen counters as well as a personal washer and dryer, and the building features a fitness center and several other exclusive amenities. The units in this building provide a variety of different layouts that range from studio residences to 3+ bedrooms. [1]

Millenium Centre

The building's design incorporates a landscaped terrace on the roof of the 14th floor, with six two-story town homes circling the "park". Millennium Centre is topped off by a 10 foot (3 meter) illuminated spire.

In the mid 1800s, the Chicago railroad system reached the north branch of the Chicago River and along with it came an influx of activity to the Near North Side. By the late 1800s, the north bank of the Chicago River was a highly industrialized area that was home to a community of Irish and Sicilian immigrant workers.

In the wake of the Second World War, manufacturing activity that was supported by wartime needs slumped and many of the factories were converted into dormant storerooms and warehouses. When the need for warehouses faded in the 1970s the sprawling collection of storehouses and stockrooms were shut down and the area was left with an expanse of vacant buildings that were no longer useful.

Fortunately, the large, open layouts of the abandoned structures were a perfect fit for creative endeavors and the abundance of empty warehouse space drew artists, writers and architects to the area in search of studios and lofts. Today, River North maintains its status as an art center for the city due to its population of artistically talented residents and growing number of gallery showrooms.



Location

The River North neighborhood of Chicago was named by real estate developer Albert Friedman (chief executive of Friedman Properties Ltd.), who in 1974 started to buy, restore and build commercial property in the southeast part of the area. Much of the neighborhood was run down and populated with residents living in poverty, so in an effort to attract tenants Friedman started calling the area "River North".

Within a few years, Friedman found photographers, ad agencies and art galleries willing to rent the low cost space and coalesce into what is now the The River North Gallery District, which has the largest concentration of art galleries in the United States outside of Manhattan. Along with hundreds of art galleries, the area is home to numerous bars, dance clubs, trendy restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Subsections of River North include:

  • The gallery district, primarily along Superior and Huron streets between Wells and Orleans streets;
  • A theme-restaurant area with many tourist-oriented restaurants, surrounding Clark and Ontario streets;
  • The Cathedral District, an area with many new residential skyscrapers surrounding Holy Name Cathedral (Catholic) and St. James Cathedral (Episcopal), located near State and Superior streets, and Huron street and Wabash Avenue, respectively;
  • A design district, with shops and showrooms selling commercial and luxury interior furnishings, in the blocks north of the Merchandise Mart;
  • Kingsbury Park, an area of newly built residential high-rises surrounding Montgomery Ward Park, at Erie Street and the Chicago River.

River North is serviced by four "L" train stations: the above-ground Chicago-Brown and Merchandise Mart-Brown stations and the below-ground Chicago-Red and Grand-Red stations.[2]

Construction

The Intermodal Transit Center at Abu Dhabi International Airport - Designed by SCB

Construction on Millenium Centre started in March 2001 and was completed in December 2003. The concrete building is built on a caisson foundation which is common on Chicago high rises as they are necessary to reach through Chicago's moist soft ground and down to bedrock or other solid support. The facade is glass mixed with the exposed structural concrete.[3]

Millenium Centre was designed by well known architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). SCB is an award winning architecture, interior design and planning firm with offices in Chicago and San Francisco. They have extensive commercial and institutional design experience, having created many multi-family residential, hospitality, retail, corporate office, higher-education, laboratory, and transportation facilities.


Layout and Features

Each of the units feature granite foyers and kitchen counters as well as a personal washer and dryer.

All but the smallest and most inexpensive units feature hardwood floors in living areas that add warmth to the light and airy rooms.

Kitchens sport built in microwave ovens and stainless steel appliances and ventilation hoods and gourmet chefs will appreciate the gas stoves for cooking. [4]

Floor Plans

Millenium Center consists of 355 condominium units (located on floors 14 through 60), four penthouses and six duplex town homes.


Amenities

Millenium Center offers all the amenities one would expect from a luxury condominium. The fitness center is available to all residents and is open 24 hours a day. Water, cups, television, free weights, exercise machines and floor equipment are available. The pool is located on the 14th floor and the pool or sun deck may not be reserved for private use.

The 14th floor Party Room may be reserved for exclusive use or used and shared, if it is available. Restrooms are located along the hallway to the Party Room. A Conference Room may be reserved is also available for shared or exclusive use. Free WiFi is available.

The 14th floor Sun Deck and barbecue area are open for residents' enjoyment, in season.

Storage is available to all residents in metal lockers, in the basement. There are two areas for bicycle storage. Both are located on the first floor, outside the package room. There is a $25.00 annual charge per bike and access to the bike rooms is by key fob.

Bylaws

Millenium Centre Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Millenium Centre welcomes pets
  • There are no age restrictions on residents
  • Rental of units is allowed[5]

Sustainability

Millennium Centre was not conceived and built as a "green" building.

The central location and wide array of shops, services and transit in the area[6] means that the use of a car can be reserved for those trips out of the city.

Additionally, residents of any building can endeavor to live a greener lifestyle through their own personal choices and habits. Examples of greener choices include:

1. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and fill a cup with water to use instead of running water. This can apply to shaving as well. Partially fill the sink bowl to rinse your razor instead of running the water continuously.

2. If your office stocks disposable cups for coffee or other beverages, eliminate the need for them by bringing in extra glasses and mugs from home.

3. Clean your refrigerator's gaskets and vacuum the dust from the condenser coils twice a year. Your refrigerator will operate more efficiently and use less electricity, helping both the environment and your wallet.

4. Arrange furniture to take advantage of natural light from windows. Placing desks and reading chairs next to windows will cut down on the need and use of artificial light during the day.[7]

Trivia

Cristobal Huet's hockey rink
  • Millennium Centre was notable for selling over 95% of its residential units in September 2000, only two days after the developer had released information about the proposed building. This all happened even before the building had been approved for construction by the City of Chicago.
  • In 2009 Chicago Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet owned a Penthouse at Millenium Centre and had a miniature hockey rink installed in the sun-room of the apartment.[8]


References

  1. Dream Town Realty
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Emporis
  4. Highrises.com
  5. Millenium Centre Bylaws
  6. Walkscore
  7. Canadian Living Magazine
  8. Curbed Chicago


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