First Look: New Downtown Chicago Hotel on Rush Street


740 North Rush drawing

Rendering : imageFiction

We’re getting our first look at the latest hotel tower proposed for the Near North side.

When we first heard about the project, it sounded like the end of the line for one of downtown’s greatest tourist magnets: The Giordano’s restaurant on Rush and Superior Streets. The early descriptions led us to believe that the old warehouse building would be sacrificed for lodging. It turns out there’s nothing to worry about.

The hotel tower is actually going to be located behind the Giordano’s building, with the entrance on Superior Street. It doesn’t look like much frontage there, but it is plenty large enough for a 45-story tower because the property footprint actually widens out as it continues north toward the alley.

The developer, Freidman, is going for a LEED Gold building with 14,000 square feet of retail space at the base. The hotel will be affiliated with one of the Hyatt brands.

A birdie tells is that the design architect for the very glassy tower is Chicago’s own Todd Halamk. You may remember him from such projects as the trio of new hotels that were built simultaneously a couple of blocks away over the last couple of years. However, we’re told the architect of record will likely be NORR, which is based in Toronto, with a local office in the Britannica Center on the river.

740 North Rush drawing

Rendering : imageFiction


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