What once was an abandoned, half-finished Staybridge Suites hotel in River North is rapidly becoming The Godfrey (127 West Huron Street), an upscale hotel with ultralounge on the roof.
We stopped by a couple of days ago and heard the music of construction equipment as 150 workers busy themselves at the site.
You may remember this Valerio Dewalt Train-designed building as one of downtown Chicago’s victims of the economic recession. One day construction just stopped, and not too long later the entire building was wrapped in plastic like a stack of giant individually-wrapped pillow mints.
Late last year, Oxford Capital Group and Cube Capital bought the mothballed project and restarted construction. Oxford is the same company that turned the flophouse known as the Hotel Wacker into the Hotel Felix. Felix is right next door to the future Godfrey.
Installation of the facade began last week. The hotel is aiming for an “autumn, 2013” opening.
Originally designed to have 197 rooms, it is now planned to have 221 rooms, including 27 suites. The previously-mentioned ultralounge on the roof will be a massive 12,000 square feet and have both indoor and outdoor sections, so it can still be used during Chicago ever-so-long winters.