We’re just a month away from the opening of the Moxy Hotel (530 North LaSalle) on the northwest corner of LaSalle and Grand, and workers are busy… working.
River North Spy Joel dunked the photo above into our tip line showing the hotel’s logo being installed on the corner. This is the third Moxy to open in the United States. There’s already a bunch in Europe. It has 156 guest rooms in 62,000 square feet of space.
You may have noticed there’s a blank space running up the entire height of the building on what would ordinarily be a super-important corner. There are big plans for that blank canvass:
That’s not ad space, it’s going to be art. The Moxy literature brags about the hotel being in Chicago’s Gallery District, which you probably didn’t know was a thing. Unless you’re into districts and know that Chicago’s “Cathedral District” is right up the street.
The building was designed by DLR Group and developed by White Lodging out of Merrillville, Indiana.
Marriott, owner of the Moxy brand, is positioning the hotel to appeal to the Hubbard Street oontz oontz oontz club-and-pub crowd, referring to the hotel as being located in “Chicago’s designated playground zone, River North.”
Brimming with nightclubs, gastronomical decadence, and America’s largest concentration of art galleries, it’s a wonder we even found room for Moxy Chicago Downtown in this neighborhood! Your first stop needs to be our taco counter, Zombie Taco, which will also have an outdoor walk-up window on LaSalle Drive in case you need to take your taco to go. Take it to your room and be mesmerized by the magic of motion sensor lighting, 49-inch LED TVs, ample USB and power outlets, and, of course, blazing fast + free WiFi. Whether it’s the short stroll to the Magnificent Mile, doing your 9-5 at one of the many nearby offices, or just tripping over club after club, there are plenty of reasons to get out and play on at Moxy Chicago Downtown.
Opening is scheduled for sometime in May.