Northern Trust Canal Center

Chicago, Illinois

Eckenhoff Saunders was the design architect and architect for the original Northern Trust Canal Center located at 801 S. Canal, completed in 1990. NAI Hiffman recently retained Eckenhoff Saunders to develop plans for the property to determine its viability as a retail destination. The building design maximizes interior flexibility through large floor plates (over 100,000 sf), large bay sizes, multiple stairs and elevator cores, and a raised accessed floor throughout the building. Canal Street, near Roosevelt Road, is quickly becoming a retail destination due to the recent nearby Old Post Office redevelopment. Canal Center is well-positioned to take advantage of this.

The entire 113,000 sf level just above the street can be easily accessed by glass escalator lobbies feeding into a mall-like environment for big box outlets and food court venues capitalizing on the existing outdoor terraces facing east towards the river. Eckenhoff Saunders determined that separating office tenants from the retail flow would be relatively easy. Convenient indoor parking is already in place, and an excellent service elevator and truck dock access. Excellent street visibility is achieved by removing precast panels and replacing them with glass storefronts drawing people in from the sidewalk.


Client: NAI Hiffman