The Legacy at Millennium Park

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Lying within Chicago’s Jewelers Row Historic District, The Legacy at Millennium Park is a 72-story condominium tower that deftly knits the 1,072,000-square-foot building into its existing context by incorporating three historic, six-story façades into the building’s base to conceal a new garage. In response to the lower scale of the surrounding neighborhood, the tower elegantly rises from the sixth floor and is set back 35 feet from the street façades. The mixed-use program includes 356 residential units and associated amenities, academic space for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, expanded athletic facilities for the University Club of Chicago, and structured parking above the ground-level retail. Under a unique air rights development agreement, The Legacy established the precedent for new residential development in the Central Business District while respecting the Jewelers’ Row and Michigan Avenue’s historic street walls.  

The east-west orientation of the tower’s long-axis lies perpendicular to the prevailing views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, providing the majority of the units with this broad panorama. The wedge-shaped plan tapers from a broad western to a slender eastern façade. The verticality of this narrow eastern profile is further accentuated by recessed balconies that form a thin vertical strip rising the full height of the building. Additional recessed balconies appear on the broader north and south faces to vertically break the taut and planar exterior wall. The composition of the massing forms a crystalline expression enhanced by a blue-grey reflective glass curtain wall that dematerializes the tower with the changing sky.  

Architect of Record

Solomon Cordwell Buenz


Mesa Development

General Contractor

Walsh Construction Company


  • WMA Consulting Engineers, Ltd.
  • CS Associates, Inc.
  • Heitmann Associates, Inc.