Status Update: Welcome to the Hotel Atari
Mar25

Status Update: Welcome to the Hotel Atari

  The Hilton Garden Inn at 66 East Wacker Place has reached its maximum height, and right now the facade is being buttoned up.  In the minds of vocal readers, it’s gone from bad to worse. We received a few messages from you disapproving of the building’s yellow exterior.  “Don’t worry, Fair Reader, that’s just insulation and such.  It’ll soon be covered in gray metal panels,” we told you....

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Status Update: Big Places in Tiny Spaces
Jul24

Status Update: Big Places in Tiny Spaces

Construction crews continue working at 66 East Wacker Place, trying to jam a 26-story Hilton Garden Inn into a space only slightly larger than a mouse.  Thanks to Loop Spy Daniel for sending in this picture of the progress. The developer, GDS Companies, and its architect, GREC Architects, see no problem with the plan to stuff the limited-service hotel in the limited space between the 17th Church of Christ, Scientist and the Chicago...

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Strategy For The Loop’s Newest Hotel: Keep It Simple
Nov18

Strategy For The Loop’s Newest Hotel: Keep It Simple

The Chicago Loop Alliance and 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly held an event tonight where the people behind the proposed new Hilton Garden Inn in the Loop (66 East Wacker Place) talked about their plan. At its heart, the 20-something-story inn is a “limited service hotel,” which means no ballrooms, no banquet facilities, and very few other ancillary amenities. The hotel is planned to consist of 192 rooms, averaging 280 square feet;...

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Plans to Cram a Third Hotel Onto Wacker Place Revived
Nov09

Plans to Cram a Third Hotel Onto Wacker Place Revived

As the recession begins to thaw, developers across Chicagoland are cleaning out their backlog of projects that have been put on ice. Back behind the stack of Doreen’s pizzas, past the single summer ice pop in that special flavor of blue that makes you cough, and beyond the twisted up bag of peas that’s too small to use and too big to throw away, GDS Companies has defrosted its plan for 66 East Wacker Place. 66 East Wacker is one of...

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