A new mixed-use proposal for the corner of Superior Street and Wabash Avenue would bring a Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed 36-story apartment and hotel tower to River North. Crain's is reporting that Christopher Carley and New York-based Symmetry Property Developments plan on submitting the proposal to the city soon, which would include a Tryp Hotel, a Wyndham chain mostly based in Europe, and a Gibsons Restaurant Group proprty called Cathedral Tower on the ground floor (probably a play off the nearby Holy Name Cathedral). This would be one of the first SOM tower projects in Chicago in a long time, and would try to take advantage of a potentially symbiotic relationship between tenants and guests, much like the new North Water apartments and the Loews Hotel in Streeterville.
The mixed-use tower would be built on land formerly owned by the Archdiocese and a lot currently home to a historic building at 42 East Superior Street and require a zoning change to proceed. It's first Tryp hotel in the U.S. outside of the New York area, an expansion for the lifestyle brand, and as far as we can tell, the first Cathedral Tower location for Gibsons. According to Symmetry's website, it appears this project has been in the works for a few years.
Update: Eater, Curbed's restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog, checked in with the Gibsons Restaurant Group, who said they are not currently planning to open a restaurant on site and haven't heard from the developers in years. Apparently, the hotel is also not part of the plan. We'll update the post again when we hear more about what's being planned.
·River north tower in the works with luxury apartments, hotel [Crain's]
·Previous River North coverage [Curbed Chicago]
·Previous Skidmore, Owings & Merrill coverage [Curbed Chicago]