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  • A downtown condo with '360-degree views'

    This unit on the 28th floor of the former South Michigan Avenue home of Encyclopedia Britannica?has twin terraces on its north and south. Take a photo tour.

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    “I call it the perch,” Mont Wickham said of the terrace off his 28th-floor condo at the Metropolitan Tower on South Michigan Avenue, “because you’re perched out over the park and the city.”'

    Wickham, a former trader who lives in Clarendon Hills, bought the three-bedroom, 3,300-square-foot condo six years ago expecting to move in at some point, but that plan never worked out. Over the years it’s been used variously as a city getaway for family and most recently as a rental.
     
    The perch is actually one of two. Because Wickham’s condo is on a level where the tower narrows a bit, it has terraces on two sides, atop the wider tower below.
     
    “We can look all the way north up Michigan Avenue to the lake north of the Hancock,” Wickham said, “and south past Soldier Field all down the lakefront.” The twin terraces, Wickham said, were what drew him to this particular condo in the building, a handsome pyramid-topped mid-1920s structure that began life as the Straus Trust bank and was later the home of Encyclopedia Britannica.
     
    79彩票注册网址 The condo will be listed March 6, represented by Michael Gentile of @properties. The price is just under $2.29 million.

    79彩票注册网址“It’s true Chicago,” Wickham said, “and the views radiate that.”

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    79彩票注册网址The condo is the full 28th floor of the building, its primary living space spanning the east wall, with views out over Grant Park. The broad space “is like having a house up above Michigan Avenue,” Wickham said. After buying another condo in the building, Wickham “wanted that penthouse,” he said, for the seclusion in its own floor and for the terraces. The original buyer of the condo paid $3.1 million for it in 2008 and in 2014 sold it to Wickham for about $1.63 million.

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    79彩票注册网址The kitchen is open to the main living space and partakes in the eastern view. To get the condo ready for the market, Wickham updated the kitchen lighting, but he left the countertop and cabinets as they were installed by the first owner, assuming that the next owners will want to design something that suits them.

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    The condo’s row of windows can be seen slightly below the green pyramid atop the tower. Built in 1924 to house the Straus Trust bank, the 30-story Straus Building was the city’s first to be that tall, taking advantage of a 1923 city ordinance that allowed the height. Its design was the work of Graham Anderson Probst & White, architects of many icons of the era, including the Wrigley Building, the Merchandise Mart and the Field Museum.

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    While most of the original interior is gone, the richly detailed elevator doors remain. The elevators themselves were replaced with modern high-speed versions that “get you up here fast,” Wickham said. This elevator lobby is used only by his full-floor condo.

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    79彩票注册网址The extra-long island is “great for entertaining,” Wickham said. “You can seat eight people there.” The space is clearly large enough for a new, more elaborate kitchen.

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    The unit's three bedrooms look minimal because the condo was most recently deployed as a rental.

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    79彩票注册网址Wickham has just completed redoing the master bath, seen here when it was not quite done. Windows on two sides frame views of high-rises west and north of the building. The line of sight to the Willis Tower “feels like a framed picture,” Wickham said.

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    On the second terrace, on the north side of the condo, Wickham said, “I can sit and listen to Beethoven” when the Grant Park Music Festival fills the Pritzker Pavilion. The two terraces together have about 500 feet of space on two sides of the building, north and south, with “360-degree views,” he said. The tower’s east side is protected by landmark status, so the condo developers couldn’t add a third terrace there.

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    79彩票注册网址“It’s a festival of illumination at night,” Wickham said. 

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