Project Details

A multi-year project started in 2017, the AON Center Lobby and Plaza were an ambitious effort to redefine the tenant arrival experience at one of Chicago’s most iconic properties. The 35,000-SF lobby project reinvigorated the interior of the main lobby and was paired with a modernization of the building’s elevator systems, along with improvements to the multiple entry doors. The project also featured updates to the many retail outlets that line the various corridors of the ground floor. The 21,700-SF plaza project reconnected the AON Center to the cityscape and the adjacent Millennium Park. A prior renovation in the 1980’s created a hardscaped, sunken plaza area that was difficult to access from the street level limiting tenants’ utilization of an otherwise vast expanse of outdoor area. BEAR reversed that, creating an inviting entry experience at street level, along with ample areas to gather and relax in a natural setting.

WINNER: 2024 ASLA Merit Award General Design


A story to share how BEARcc delivered the new transformative
AON Plaza through transparency, communication and teamwork,
utilizing Fieldwire technology.
Photo credit: Tom Harris (lobby photos)