One Magnificent Mile

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950 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

One Magnificent Mile

The tubular One Magnificent Mile in the Gold Coast of Chicago
Building Information
Architect Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
Number of Units 183
Number of Floors 57
Year Built 1983
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Sloped
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950 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit 31 nearby routes
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD 242
Title of Land Mixed Use



One Museum Mile sits on a storied piece of Chicago history, as the site was once the location of the original Playboy Club. A four story club house located at 116 E Walton Street, the Playboy Club opened on February 29th, 1960, and famously had acquired over 50,000 members by the year’s end. Playboy Clubs quickly expanded across North America and to some international locations, but Chicago will always lay claim to housing the original. The Playboy Club franchise was still going strong in the 1970s, but at that time the original building was torn down in Chicago, and One Magnificent Mile was erected in its place.

Standing 57 stories at its peak, One Magnificent Mile follows the design of the Sears Tower, now the Willis Tower, and is comprised of a series of hexagonal tubular structures. A high rise skyscraper, One Museum Mile was built between 1978 and 1983, and houses retail, commercial, and residential space. Located on the north end of Chicago’s glamourous Magnificent Mile, this is a luxury residential building that has not lost its appeal over the years. [1]


Found at the intersection of East Oak Street and North Michigan Avenue, One Magnificent Mile is located in the neighborhood of the Gold Coast in Chicago. After the Great Chicago Fire decimated the area in 1871, businessman Potter Palmer relocated to the neighborhood now known as the Gold Coast and built Palmer Mansion. This 42 room home was the first in a trend of wealthy city residents building in the area, and the Gold Coast quickly became the most affluent neighborhood in Chicago. A century later, the Gold Coast had maintained its prestige, and by the 1980s was second only to the Upper East Side of Manhattan in terms of wealth. Bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street, the Gold Coast has since become a Historic District, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. [2]

Additionally, One Magnificent Mile is located at the north end of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, one of the most prestigious residential and commercial avenues in the world. Running along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street, the Magnificent Mile is home to many famous retail brands, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Prada, Bloomingdale’s, Kenneth Cole, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Tiffany’s, Vera Wang, Nordstrom, Cartier, and Chanel. Many of Chicago’s landmarks are located along the Magnificent Mile, including the Tribune Tower, the Drake Hotel, the Palmolive Building, the Old Chicago Water Tower District, and the Allerton Hotel. Finally, two out of the 100 tallest buildings in the world can be found in this district, that of Trump International Hotel and Tower and the John Hancock Center. [3]

With a Walk Score of 97 out of 100 and a Transit Score of 90 out of 100, residents of One Magnificent Mile do not require a car to complete their daily errands. With a Bike Score of 75 out of 100, cyclists will love the flat grades and the many excellent bike lanes nearby. [4]


One Magnificent Mile was designed in the Modernist style of architecture by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, with assistance from the associate firm of Barancik Conte & Associates. The design produced by these firms was similar to another famous Chicago building, that of the Sears Tower, as One Magnificent Mile features four tubular towers that reach heights of 5,21,49, and 57 stories. Each tube is shaped like a hexagon and culminates in a sloped roof.

Construction of One Magnificent Mile began in 1978, and was finally completed in 1983. The building stands on a caisson foundation, rising up in a bundled tube structure of concrete, with each tube’s height specifically chosen to minimize the amount of shadow the building would cast on the nearby Oak Street Beach. Additionally, the hexagonal shaped facade was selected for its ability to run parallel with both this beach and Chicago’s city grid, and the facade is covered in a pink granite curtain wall. Inside the building, the tubular design motif continues, as the ceiling and wall lamps in the lobby are comprised of hexagonal tube clusters.[5]

Layout and Features

The tubed towers of One Magnificent Mile top off at 5, 21, 49, and 57 stories, with the tallest of the four reaching a height of 673 feet, or 205 meters. Operating as a mixed use building, One Magnificent Mile has retail stores in its base, commercial offices up to the 21st floor, with the remainder of the building comprised of luxury condominiums. Spectators can actually see the division of the building from the ground, as the 21st floor features large oversized windows that reveal where the building’s mechanical systems are housed. These mechanical systems provide the divide between the building’s commercial and residential space. [6]

Apartments within One Magnificent Mile range in size from one bedroom to penthouse units, with many of these penthouse suites having greenhouses and/or outdoor terraces. Due to the building’s age, the features and finishes of each apartment within One Magnificent Mile will vary widely as owners have updated and renovated their units over time. There are some standard features of this building, including:

  • Central Heating and two pipe Central Cooling systems
  • Radiant Heating available
  • Guest parking facilities
  • Fire and smoke detection system with sprinklers
  • Trash Chutes
  • Ceiling heights of up to nine feet
  • Double paned windows
  • Hardwood floors
  • Washer/dryer hook ups


Floor Plans


Residents of One Magnificent Mile enjoy many luxury amenities, including:

  • 24 hour Doorman
  • On site Manager/Engineer
  • Fitness Center
  • Health Club
  • Indoor Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Sauna
  • Sundeck
  • Resident Lounge
  • Receiving Room
  • Bike Room
  • Parking facilities
  • Loading Dock



One Magnificent Mile Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No

  • This building is pet friendly, although dogs are limited to under 30 lbs
  • This building does not allow for water furniture.
  • This building does not allow rentals.
  • There are no age restrictions for this building.



To date, One Magnificent Mile has not received any LEED certifications, and therefore it is not designated as a green building. While the building does feature double paned windows in its design, there are many additional actions that residents can undertake to help improve the building’s overall sustainability. These include:

  • Participating in Chicago’s recycling programs
  • Forgoing the use of a car in favor of walking and taking public transit in order to reduce their carbon footprints
  • Installing more energy efficient materials and appliances when updating/renovating their apartments


  • In 1984, One Magnificent Mile received the Best Structure Award at the Annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Design Competition by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. [10]
  • A large percentage of the apartments within this building feature at least one room that is shaped like a pentagon. This in turn creates numerous odd angles within the rest of the apartments. [11]


  1. Chicago Architecture
  2. Gold Coast Historic District - Chicago, Illinois
  3. Wikipedia - Magnificent Mile
  4. Walk Score
  5. Emporis
  6. Chicago Architecture
  7. Dreamtown
  8. Chicago Top Condos
  9. Dreamtown
  10. SEAOI
  11. Emporis

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