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Work Finally Begins on Delayed Fulton Market Nobu Hotel Project

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Work at the long-vacant 76-key hotel and restaurant has finally started

After years of meetings, redesigns, and delays, the long-awaited Nobu hotel slated for the northeast corner of Randolph and Peoria in Chicago’s Fulton Market District is finally moving forward. While a boutique hotel, restaurant, and rooftop bar from Nobu Hospitality group on Randolph Street’s popular "Restaurant Row" sounds like a no-brainer, the project faced a lengthy and somewhat contentious approvals process after push-back from the West Loop community prompted the original 2014 design to shrink from twelve to eight stories.

Updated drawings reflecting the project’s downsized stature appeared on Booth Hansen’s website earlier this year while the presence of soil testing equipment on site last month provided strong indications that construction could be imminent. Crews have set about barricading the public way around site so construction can hopefully begin in earnest. The finished building will be roughly 90,000 square feet in size and contain 76 guest rooms. The Rockwell Group of New York City has been tapped to handle interior design.