Plan Commission Approves Nobu Hotel for West Town

Nobu Hotel rendering

Nobu Hotel rendering

Another hotel and big-name restaurant are a step closer to opening on Chicago’s Restaurant Row. Late last week, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a new building at 854 West Randolph Street that will consist of a Nobu restaurant with a Nobu Hotel topper.

The entire building is planned to be 142 feet tall with 11 floors, 119 hotel rooms, and 35 parking spaces.

It’s named after celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who is known for blending Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. Mr. Matsuhisa has dozens of other Nobu restaurants in cities from Miami to Mykanos.

The hotel chain is a little more exclusive with just a handful of locations. In Las Vegas, Miami, and Manilla, the Nobu is part of large, extravagant resorts. In Saudi Arabia, it’s inside a glittering skyscraper. In Chicago, it’s inside a dark brown anonymous brick box.  But that’s OK.  As we reported back in 2014, the Nobu people specifically picked this area of Chicago because of its “grit.”

Even though the city’s Plan Commission only signed off on the project a few days ago, and it still needs full city council approval, the official groundbreaking was held way back in June, with the blessing and presence of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and celebrity investor Robert de Niro.

  • Address: 854 West Randolph Street
  • Address: 848 West Randolph Street
  • Address: 151 North Peoria Street
  • Developer: 854 West Randolph LLC
  • Architecture firm: Modif Architecture
  • Maximum height: 142 feet
  • Maximum width: 114 feet, eight inches
  • Site area: 12,177 square feet
  • Floor Area Ratio: 8.1
  • Parking: 35 spaces
  • Loading docks: One
  • Green roof alert! 5,487 square feet

Location: 854 West Randolph Street, West Town

Author: Editor

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