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South Loop hotel tower officially cleared to rise

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The 281-room Homewood Hilton at Wabash and 11th Street has scored its first construction permit

Lothan Van Hook DeStefano via Chicago DPD

Downtown Chicago’s hot hospitality segment is showing no signs of cooling as the South Loop’s latest high-rise hotel prepares to kick off construction at the southeast corner of Wabash and 11th Street. Though some early preparation and pile-driving was reported last month, the development received its first permit late last week. Estimated at $15,000,000, the scope of the work allows construction of the tower’s foundation and superstructure up to the seventh floor. With the official city go-ahead in hand, caisson crews can now begin planting the 306-foot tower’s subterranean roots.

The 30-story project comes from architect Lothan Van Hook DeStefano and Hinsdale-based developer/operator S.B. Yen Management Group and contains a 196-room Homewood Hilton, a separate 85-room extended-stay hotel, 3,500 square feet of retail, and a 57-car garage. Known as both 1101 S. Wabash and 55 E. 11th Street, the site was previously home to an unremarkable two-story parking garage that was demolished in early 2016.

The site in mid November
Jay Koziarz