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Fulton Market auto shop, meat packer make way for 170-room boutique hotel

The former home of Vaia Auto Specialists and Grant Park Packing Co. at 844 W. Lake will soon be gone


Fulton Market’s transformation from industrial food wholesaler to entertainment and hospitality hub takes another step forward as a new 170-room hotel shows signs of progress at the northwest corner of Lake and Green streets. Known as the Hoxton Hotel, the West Loop branch of the London-based boutique chain comes from Soho House Chicago developer Shapack Partners.


While a demolition permit for the site was issued in December, the existing low-rise buildings that formerly housed an auto shop and meat packing business haven’t bit the dust just yet. That said, the presence of new fencing in a set of reader-submitted photos is a clear sign that the aforementioned buildings are likely not long for this world.

The 11-story Hoxton Chicago was designed by New York architect Morris Adjmi with Chicago-based GREC serving as architect of record. When completed in 2018, the development will feature approximately 170 guest rooms, two levels of office space, ground-floor retail, and a rooftop terrace.