The newest hotel project to plant roots in Chicago’s South Loop has been given the green light to go full-throttle.
1101 South Wabash Avenue was once the home of one of those weird one-story, pee-stained, hoboriffic parking garages leftover from yesteryear that still dot downtown Chicago. Demolition of that garage was completed in February of 2016, and then in December of that year, ground was broken on a new Hilton Homewood Suites, designed by Near North’s Lothan Van Hook DeStefano Architecture for west suburban SB Yen Management Group.
A few days ago, the project was given city approval to rise to its full 30-story height, which is good because otherwise in 2018 the 30th-floor fitness center would just be hovering there in the air, all awkward and stuff.
NEW CONSTRUCTION OF 30 – STORY MIXED-USE BUILDING WITH GROUND FLOOR RETAIL, PARKING ON LEVELS 1 THROUGH 7, 8TH & 30TH FLOOR AMENITIES AND 196 DWELLING UNITS ON LEVELS 9-29.FOUNDATION ISSUED ON 100683627.
In between the fitness center and the lobby will be seven floors of parking, 196 standard hotel rooms on floors nine through 23, and another 85 corporate suites on floors 24 through 29.
The general contractor on this project is Lendlease, which amusingly listed “hot tub” as one of the eighth floor business center amenities. I guess it all depends on what business you’re in.