Construction Update
How Does Your Hilton Garden Inn Grow?

Hilton Garden Inn under construction

The Hilton Garden Inn planed at 66 East Wacker Place by GDS Companies continues its beanstalk act.  Loop Spy Nathan sent in these photos showing that what was once thought to be a dead-end alley mere months ago has been transformed into the skeleton of a very narrow skyscraper.

When complete, the 26-story limited-service hotel designed by GREC Architects will have 191 rooms, a bar, and a subterranean fitness/business area.

These latest pictures really let you see how it is hard up against the former Chicago Motor Club Building (now known at the Wacker Tower), and looms over the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist.  You can imagine the epic views of the Chicago River that the western rooms might have.  But those views will remain in your imagination.  Because of city fire codes, the west-facing wall will be solid.  And instead of windows looking down the main channel of the Chicago River, there will be metal panels in shades of grey.


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