West Town Hotel Proposal Goes Under the Microscope

People who live in West Town will get a chance to sound off on a plan to build a 19-story hotel across the street from McDonald’s new corporate headquarters.

Diagram of 113 North May

Diagram of 113 North May

The proposal from Sterling Bay will be vetted publicly at a meeting organized by 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. tonight at 6:00pm at Catalyst Ranch (656 West Randolph Street).

The hotel was designed by the Loop’s Eckenhoff Saunders Architects.  You may remember that firm from such hits as the Bank of America tower in Dallas, and the Dana Hotel on State Street.

The area has seen a major beneficiary of both the recent influx of corporate headquarters into the greater West Loop area, and the flood of new residents into downtown Chicago.  But along with that growth has come growing pains, mainly voiced by long-time residents who remember the area as a Bohemian enclave of urban pioneers, artists, and other eccentrics living in and among brick warehouses and abattoirs.

The nearby West Loop is known for having the fiercest NIMBYs in Chicago, but their ferocity has become tempered by the loss of strength in numbers.  We’ll find out tonight if they can be out-shouted by the new economy workers who are the rising demographic in the neighborhood.

Until then, open wide for the firehose.

  • Address: 101 North May Street
  • Address: 113 North May Street
  • Address: 118 North Aberdeen Avenue
  • Address: 1112 West Washington Street
  • Developer: 113 May, LLC
  • For realsies: Sterling Bay
  • Architecture firm: Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
  • Net site area: 41,701 square feet
  • Floors: 19
  • Maximum height: 199 feet
  • Rood height: 187 feet, 10 inches
  • Width: 100 feet, three inches
  • Length: 126 feet, one inch
  • Floor area ratio: 5.0
  • Zoning: DX-3 → DX-5 → Business PD
  • Automobile parking spaces: 41
  • Loading docks: 1
  • Retail space: 5,184 square feet
  • Green roof alert: 3,587 square feet

Location: 113 North May Street, West Town


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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  1. That is not west town. The proposed hotel is in the west loop. West town is an altogether different neighborhood.

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    • Editor

      The West Loop ends at the Kennedy Expressway. Real Estate agents like to call all kinds of places, all the way out to Garfield Park, “West Loop” so they can increase their sales and commissions, but the fact remains that the West Loop exists between the Chicago River and the Kennedy.

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