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Essex on the Park is the first new building to be constructed since 1958 on the landmark South Michigan Avenue street wall, the 12-block historic district of intact row of structures that date to before the 1930s. Rising 620 feet, the 56-story mixed-use tower features 479 luxury apartments and unique amenities that include the SX Sky Bar nightclub and multiple levels of green roofs.

Inspired by the site that offers unparalleled views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan, the design team crafted indoor sanctuaries to capture and reflect natural elements.┬áThe building’s piece de resistance is the three-story, light-filled winter garden that takes full advantage of the building’s prime location. A glass wall dramatically encloses the indoor park, allowing street-level pedestrians a peek into the imaginative recreation space.

First WELL Certified multi-family building in Chicago

LEED Silver Certified

Images (c) Craig Dugan Photography 2019


  • 620 feet tall
  • 56 stories
  • 479 apartments