“Millennium Park, the $475 million modernist playground that opened at the edge of Lake Michigan here two years ago, has quickly become one of the city’s leading tourist attractions. What is less known, however, is that the 24.6-acre park…has had a transforming effect on the surrounding neighborhood.

In the late 1990’s, the area, known as the East Loop or South Michigan Avenue, was a fairly sleepy retail and office district. In the last five years, however, it has emerged as one of the city’s hottest residential neighborhoods with more than a dozen projects rising within blocks of the park.”

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