If at first, or second, or third, or fourth you don’t succeed, try try again. That seems to be the motto of the lonely loam at 150 East Ontario Street, which has been trying to sprout a skyscraper since the height of Gold Coast fashion was leg warmers, scrunchies, and chunky Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry underneath your Freezy Freakies.
The latest proposal for the property just a couple of hundred feet off the Magnificent Mile is another skyscraper; and like three of the last four proposals, it includes a hotel. Alderman Brendan Reilly de-bagged this cat in tidings to his electorate a few days ago.
The tallest building for this plot that we’ve seen over the last hundred years was 50 stories. The current plan is more modest: a mere 29 stories. Within those stories are 388 hotel rooms. No residences or office space is planned in the 345-foot-tall building.
If approved, this will bring another Lucien LaGrange design to the neighborhood. There’s plenty of Hatorade-drinking armchair architects who don’t think much of his work. But in this location, it’s perfectly appropriate, and restores a bit of the “Boul Mich” aesthetic to a stretch of Chicago rapidly becoming yet another generic Middle Western strip mall.
If you’re spleen begs to vent about this project, Mr. Reilly is holding a public meeting about it on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:30pm. Because there are still people in the world who think that hanging two ounces of cloth in front of their faces infringes on their freedom, the meeting will be held online.