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“Any Traveler - Architecture Buff or Not - Can Appreciate its Beauty”
Review of Sullivan Center

Sullivan Center
Ranked #207 of 643 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: A unique rounded entrance marks one of the city's true architectural gems, the last major structure designed by famed architect Louis Sullivan.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The Sullivan Center, formerly known as the Carson Pirie Scott building, has stood for over 100 years and contains more than 1,000,000 square feet of space. It sits in the heart of one of Chicago's premier business, theater and retail districts, and is visited my millions.

In 2011, the Sullivan Center underwent major urban restoration, keeping much of the vintage appeal and its signature black iron corner entrance. (The ironwork represents some of the most famous art of its kind and best illustrates Sullivan's ability to transform iron into lace.)

The building sits on the corners of State, Madison, Monroe and Wabash in Chicago’s Loop. The first and second floor now houses an urban Target concept store, called “City Target” and the company did quite well with the interior architecture. Builders took great care in keeping the outside iron façade, along with the column tops and other noticeable details (take your time and look around).

The building, originally constructed in 1899, was originally designed by architect Louis Sullivan to house Schlesinger-Mayer dry goods store. A second phase annex was designed by world-famous architect Daniel Burnham (Burnham and Root) in 1903. In 1970, the building was designated a national and city historic landmark. Joseph Freed and Associates, LLC, took on the phased rehabilitation of the building from 2001-11. The building has won numerous awards, including the Real Estate and Building Industries Council Outstanding Preservation Award (2009), City of Chicago – Office of the Mayor Excellence in Preservation Award (2010), Victorian Society in America Exterior Preservation Award (2011), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Chicago Vision Award in 2013.

City Target, FlatTop Grill, DSW Shoes and additional retail / restaurants line the first floor of the building.

Thank Justin B
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I've always wanted to be able to go inside the old Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company building, but for all the years I've visited Chicago, it's always been empty and locked up tight. Target has done a beautiful job of keeping some of the integrity of the building, and hey- it's Target! You know you need something from there, anyway!
The main entrance of the building is every bit as breathtaking as I hoped it would be. On the 2nd floor round window, there are benches and some signage that explains the restoration. More than worth a stop!

2  Thank apriland
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

This building is gorgeous... but it has a Target inside of it now. I mean, Target is better than nothing but it does kind of take away from the beauty for me. The outside is like nothing else in Chicago though, and is worth seeing if you are in the area but may not be worth a separate trip/out of the way walking for those not interested in architecture.

Thank Alex M
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Now called the Sullivan Center, there is no real reason to stop here as the original department store closed in early 2007 and in a city of wonderful architecture; this building is not a standout although there is some interesting decorative metalwork at ground level. The current tenets occupying a portion of the building include City Target, a shoe store, a grill and clothing store specializing in work gear. Staying nearby, I walked past the depressing, closed-up south and east entrances several times.

Thank Steve1362
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

always polite and informative about sales in all departments not pushy. I have never left the store feeling let down. I think their sales are wonderful.

Thank Barbara V
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