An Ace Shows Its Hand on the West Side

Ace Hotel Construction

Part facade support, part billboard. Those are some versatile shipping containers.

In the heart of the Fulton Market neighborhood, next to a king of the internet, giant spades are being used to club the ground in preparation for the new Ace Hotel.

If you don’t know jack about the Ace, it has a permit in hand after Portland-based Ace was dealt the all-clear to start construction back in November. Developer Sterling Bay anted up enough of a wager to score prime space, along with a zoning change in the manufacturing district, straight across the street from the Google building that’s just been rehabbed at 1000 West Fulton Market.

In the cards is a GREC Architects-designed 132,000-square-foot, 159-key hotel with ground-level retail space and an ever-important green roof. That zoning allowance, making it the only hotel smack dab in the middle of countless meat packers, along with its proximity to deep-pocketed Google, makes one think the Ace Hotel will be flush with guests from the moment it opens in 2017.

Right now, there are just a couple caisson-drilling rigs on the site, but you can expect to see a full house of Power Construction equipment there soon.

Author: Daniel Schell

Daniel Schell is a West Loop social media addict who lives for Cubs baseball, good pizza, and big cities. If you bump into him on the street, it's likely because he's taking photos instead of watching where he's going, and he apologizes.

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