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Work begins on 12-story Hoxton Hotel in Chicago’s hot Fulton Market District

The project is one of three new hotels currently under construction in the trendy West Loop neighborhood

A pair of rigs used to drill caissons [left] have been hard at work on the Hoxton’s foundation.
Harry Carmichael

It’s official: Fulton Market’s upcoming Hoxton Hotel has received its building permit to start foundation work. Once occupied by an auto mechanic and meatpacker, this vacant site at the corner of Lake and Green streets will soon support a 12-story structure containing 175 guest rooms, two levels of office space, indoor valet parking, ground-floor retail, a rooftop terrace, and an unnamed eatery and bar from Chicago’s Boka Restaurant Group.

First announced in early 2016, the Chicago branch of the London-based Hoxton brand comes from prominent West Loop developer Shapack Partners. The same team was also behind the nearby Soho House hotel and private club, Fulton Market’s WeWork co-working space, and a 227-unit rental tower known as The Parker Fulton Market. The building’s neo-industrial design comes from New York’s Morris Adjmi Architects with Chicago-based GREC acting as architect of record.

The Hoxton will join other boutique hospitality offerings such as the soon-to-open Ace Hotel and the somewhat slow-to-start Nobu Hotel. Together, these developments will further fuel the transformation of the once industrial West Loop into one of Chicago’s hottest areas to work, eat, and stay. The Hoxton is expected to open in the first quarter of 2019.