Hyatt House West Loop
This site of the new Hyatt House West Loop, currently under construction, was originally a part of the Harpo Studios complex and was acquired by Sterling Bay as a part of the purchase of the Harpo Studios complex. Conceived of as a hospitality-retail mixed use, the Hyatt House was designed in part to serve as housing for McDonalds franchisees traveling to Chicago to attend Hamburger University. The new McDonalds headquarters is located 1 block east of the project site. The second level of the building is a valet only parking deck with 22 striped spaces.
Hyatt’s status as McDonalds preferred vendor (Hyatt was the hotel brand serving McDonalds for years on their Oakbrook campus), meant that the Hyatt House product would be used for development. Hyatt House is a brand that is classified as “extended Stay” in that it provide both traditional (transient) rooms and rooms with efficiency kitchens. That said, ESA staff worked closely with Sterling Bay, Wheelock Street Capital and Hyatt planning and design staff to provide a suitable amount of extended stay rooms and appropriate amenities given the building location in an urban setting replete with some of Chicago’s best food and entertainment options, even if these were deviations from the prototype.
The building is designed as two primary masses, a podium that houses hotel public space ground floor retail and parking and a tower that houses 200 guestrooms and hotel amenities. The Tower portion of the building is separate from the podium by the third floor “SkyLobby” level clad entirely of metal panel and glass. The Tower itself is clad in precast concrete panels with a grid of unitized windows allowing for interchangeable use of vision and spandrel glass as dictated by the internal function. These panels are finished with thin brick giving the appearance of a full masonry tower while offering the erection efficiency of the panelized system.
The fourteenth floor houses the hotel amenities, prototypically constructed at grade, with commanding views of the neighborhood and the skyline. Among the amenities are a guest laundry facility, fitness center, swimming pool, and exterior amenity deck with views both south and east, back to Chicago’s skyline. The amenity deck is fitted out with fit pit, televisions and grills for guest use.