The Shops at Northbridge on Chicago’s Miracle Mile section of Michigan Avenue is an enclosed, curving arcade of 50 shops and restaurants connecting the Nordstrom’s to Michigan Avenue. Soaring above the shifted streetscape of Grand Avenue, the curving retail center skirts around the existing historic McGraw Hill building.
The retail center consists of a set of parallel, curving walkways that span from Michigan Avenue to the Nordstrom’s building one block west. Spanning over Grand Avenue, the project was designed as a bridge-like structure on one side and a solid, volumetric mass on the other side.
The project was initially designed by Mark Gerwing at Anthony Belluschi Architects from a series of schematic sketches and detailed plans for conserving the McGraw Hill building. The McGraw Hill building was largely dismantled and its historic carved limestone panels reinstalled on a new structural framework.
Architects: Anthony Belluschi Architects
Project Designer (Schematic Design): Mark Gerwing