ESIxCity: Chicago

Posted April 10, 2020

See how ESI Design has transformed places in Chicago into experiences, from iconic data and light installations and commercial real estate lobby revitalizations to creating an epic-scale digital ceiling for a destination mall. Explore our work through the interactive map, and scroll down to learn more about each project and see before & after images.


Sensing Change at 151 North Franklin

Commercial Real Estate

Address: 151 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60606

‘Sensing Change’ is a dynamic light installation that brings a soothing energy to what was once a run-down concrete wall. The building’s terrace and surrounding streetscape are illuminated by weather-data-driven animations that evoke the essence of dappled light through trees. Learn more about this project.

The Canopy at 900 North Michigan Shops

Retail Experience

Address: 900 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

An expansive 10-screen, 190-foot long digital ceiling in the mall’s atrium evokes the feeling of an outdoor space drawing shoppers and social media impressions. The new installation gives the 30-year-old mall the 21st century wow-factor it was looking for. Learn more about this project.

Canvas at 515 North State

Commercial Real Estate

Address: 515 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

A stark lobby transformed into contemporary art space complete with its own constantly changing abstract digital artwork. The full-height LED wall algorithmically paints scenes of contemporary life in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. Learn more about this project.

The Central Standard Building

Commercial Real Estate

Address: 231 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60604

Art Deco glamour meets attractive modern flourishes in a rebranding that simultaneously honors tradition and attracts contemporary tenants, where a one-of-a-kind circular media installation displays data-driven localized content. Learn more about this project.

1 North Dearborn

Commercial Real Estate

Address: 1 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60602

A striking light installation illuminates the exterior of this former department store, elevating its new identity as an elite office building. Using light and movement, ESI Design created a more welcoming entry in tune with the ebb and flow of passersby. Learn more about this project.

180 North LaSalle

Commercial Real Estate

Address: 180 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Wraparound seamless projection brings the building’s neoclassical architecture to life with hyperlocal data visualizations, news trends, and playful animations. Learn more about this project.

300 South Wacker

Commercial Real Estate

Address: 300 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606

The larger-than-life map on the river-facing side of the building showing its location within the city has made the building a must-see landmark on tours of Chicago. Learn more about this project.

Comcast Studio Xfinity

Retail Experience

Address: 901 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60642

This immersive retail experience replaces idle waiting time with ever-changing programming in an interactive digital environment. Both a store and a lab, visitors of all ages have fun as they engage with the full range of Xfinity’s products and services. Learn more about this project.

330 North Wabash

Commercial Real Estate

Address: 330 North Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Contemporary accents of new furniture identity and signage add a modern feel that and celebrates the building’s legacy. The selection of outdoor seating along the Chicago Riverwalk is a nod to architect Mies van der Rohe’s furniture design. Learn more about this project.

See more of our work in Chicago in this video


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