Park Millennium

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222 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL

Park Millennium

Exterior of Park Millennium
Building Information
Developer MCZ/Centrum/Charles E. Smith Residential
Architect Lowenberg Associates
Management Company Draper & Kramer
Number of Units 480
Number of Floors 57
Year Built 2002
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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222 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD 70
Title of Land Condominium



Park Millennium is a large residential high-rise building that seems wedged into the New East Side skyline, and is a crucial residential element to its area, which is dominated by office buildings and hotels. The sideways stature of Park Millennium allows this large building to be almost invisible to the pedestrians below.

Street View of Park Millennium

The building was completed in 2002 with an initial build of apartment rentals. In December, 2004, it was sold by Archstone-Smith Trust to Centrum Properties and MCZ Development for $135,000,000, and they converted the building to condominiums. They had expected these condominiums to take three years to sell out, but because of the high-demand of the area, selling them took less than one year.

It's name, Park Millennium, is derived from its nearby location to Millennium Park, one of Chicago's main attractions that features the Buckingham Fountain with daily and nightly water shows.

Park Millennium is the tallest out of 14 high-rises completed in Chicago in 2002. Park Millennium is the most recent addition to Illinois Center, a project with a triple-decker street system. The height of the structure is measured from the upper level of Columbus Drive.[1]


Park Millennium residences are located in the Near East Side part of Chicago, just south of Chicago River and east of Lake Michigan. Just one block away is the famous Michigan Avenue, where world-class shopping and dining can be found.

For what the building is named after, Millennium Park is located just two blocks south. Intended to celebrate the millennium, Millennium Park is now a prominent civic center that covers a 24.5 acre section of northwestern Grant Park. The park features a variety of public art and is a common area for concerts and public events.

The building is connected to the underground Pedway system, allowing residents to walk to the train stations, City Hall, banks, shopping, and over 30 different food options.

The nearest bus station is less than one block away, and the M line subway station is a seven minute walk from Park Millennium.[2]


This high-rise condominium tower is made of concrete and rises 57 floors. The exterior is clad primarily with glass, and offers a contemporary architectural design. The top six floors are set back from the rest of the building, with a ceiling heights 6 inches higher than the remainder of the building.

The building has a podium and shoulder setbacks, with a tall proportion, causing it to look very 1990s in design. It has a generic appearance. The height of the building is 544 feet - which is measured from the main entrance at the top of a three level stack of roadways. One might say the actual height of the building is closer to 600 feet.

It has a parking garage that holds 500 vehicles.[3]

Layout and Features

Units range from studio apartments to three bedroom penthouse units with large terraces. The top floors have ceilings heights of up to 14 feet. Some units have private balconies or terraces, and every unit provides views of Millennium Park and downtown Chicago.

With large, open floor plans and big windows, Park Millennium offers its residents high-quality finishes like granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and marble baths.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 13 floor plans available. Here is a quick selection.


The extensive list of amenities offered at Park Millennium residences include:

  • 24 Hour Doorman
  • Clubhouse/Party Room
  • Fitness Center
  • ATM Machine
  • Bike Rooms
  • Business Center
  • Conference Rooms
  • Dog Run
  • Indoor Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Sundeck
  • Library
  • Ping Pong
  • Vending Machines
  • Wireless Internet
  • Trash Chutes
  • Parking Garage
  • On-site Grocery Store


Park Millennium Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

Dogs and cats are welcome at Park Millennium residences, and rentals are allowed.

There are no age restrictions placed on ownership, and barbeques are allowed, both on private balconies and the common sundeck.


The residences of Park Millennium are proudly considered a "green" building. It is an award winning environmentally conscious residential tower, and during its conversion from rentals to condominiums, sustainable steps were taken.

Since 2009, Park Millennium has participated in an electricity demand-response program. During times of peak electricity usage, the Park Millennium's electricity is decreased. "Lights out" technology was installed in the elevators of Park Millennium, reducing wasted energy when they are not in use.

Motion sensors for automatic lighting in common areas were installed, including timers for pool lights, as well as photocells around the exterior of the building, so automatic lighting is based on natural light conditions.

Park Millennium has a successful recycling program, including an electronics recycling and proper disposal program.

The building is also nearby public transportation and is within walking distance to daily conveniences.[5]


Michigan Avenue

Located nearby the famous Michigan Avenue, Park Millennium offers its residents the convenience of access to this well-renowned street.

Michigan Avenue is a major street in Chicago. The north end of Michigan Avenue is at Lake Shore Drive which is on the shore of Lake Michigan in the Gold Coast Historic District. At the south end of the street is the suburb of Harvey.

Michigan Avenue is home to many well-known attractions, including the Chicago Water Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and the luxurious shopping district of the Magnificent Mile. It is also the main commercial street of Streeterville.

The name was derived from Lake Michigan, dating back to the 1800s, when the Lake's shore began immediately east of Michigan Avenue up until 1871. Originally Michigan Avenue was primarily residential. By the 1860s, it was dominated by expensive row houses and large homes.

Prior to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the street was officially known as Michigan Boulevard and often referred to as "Boul Mich."[6]


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