The Legacy at Millennium Park

Distinguished Building Award Submission

The Legacy provides 356 residences in Chicago’s Loop, classrooms for the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and expanded facilities for the University Club of Chicago. The 72-story tower increases residential density and reinvigorates a downtown district.

The 1.25 million square foot Legacy rises from a 29,000 square foot site. Respecting the urban fabric, facades from three vacant buildings on site were restored and incorporated into the tower base; the tower was set back 30 feet from the street. 41,000 square feet for the SAIC were integrated into the first three floors of the tower. Athletic facilities on the 13th floor connect to the University Club via a cantilevered sky-bridge.

The tower is oriented and sculpted for optimal views from units on floors 15-72. The roughly triangular plan provides an extremely narrow tower profile from the west. There are large interior-exterior gardens on the 15th, 42nd and 60th floors.

Lack of a staging area required building materials and personnel to enter the site through the restored facades. Crane lifted materials were hoisted within 30 feet of the active elevated train tracks. A 9-foot mat transfer slab allowed parking (460 spaces) to be placed in a podium beneath the tower.

Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Mesa Development, LLC
  • CS Associates, Inc.
  • McGuire Igleski & Associates, Inc.
  • WMA Consulting Engineers, Ltd.
General contractor
Walsh Construction
Chicago, Illinois