Chicago’s Third Hotel Sammitch Hungry for the South Loop

527 South Wells Street (via Crain's Chicago Business)

527 South Wells Street (via Crain’s Chicago Business)

Chicago’s frenzied hotel construction boom continues its push into the South Loop.  To date, the majority of the completed new hostelries have been in The Loop, and neighborhoods immediately north.  Now Crain’s Chicago Business reports that developer Paul Beitler has decided a new hotel will do well on Wells Street at the congress of Congress Parkway.

Say bye bye to the Hunter Building (Courtesy of Artefaqs stock photography)

Say bye bye to the Hunter Building (Courtesy of Artefaqs stock photography)

The 27-story building at 527 South Wells Street was designed by Lothan Van Hook DeStefano,  and will replace the current eight-story Hunter Building currently at that location which was built in 1909.  The location is zoned DX-12, which means a clever design might be able to dodge the city’s Plan Development boogeyman.

This is actually the third hotel sandwich building coming to downtown Chicago.

  • First is the already-under-construction Hampton Inn+Homewood Suites at 108 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop.  It’s already a thing, so no worries there.
  • Then there is the recently emasculated Building O at Lakeshore East.  Friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture originally designed it to be a hotel+hotel+residential dagwood, but all of that is out the proverbial non-functoning suicide-proof hotel window now since a good portion of its height has been siphoned off by a wish called Wanda on the opposite side of the park.
  • And now we have this South Loop construction, which is intended to be a Holiday Inn Express+Staybridge Suites.


Location: 527 South Wells Street, South Loop

Author: Editor

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