Construction on $185 million Aon Center observatory to begin in second quarter

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Work on an observatory with a thrill ride atop Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper Aon Center has been paused because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The $185 million project will start almost a year behind schedule. Property owner 601W Cos. and its partner on the project, tourist attraction operator Legends, now plan to begin work on the observatory in the second quarter of 2021, reports the Chicago Tribune, citing building general manager Matthew Amato.

The observatory is expected to open in 2023, according to Amato.


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