Drilling work is now underway for a new six-story hotel to be built at 710 S Seeley Avenue in the Illinois Medical District. This 135-key Hampton Inn & Suites is under development by East Lake Management & Development.
The hotel will be the third phase in a broader masterplan known as Gateway, occupying the trapezoidal block bound by Harrison, Damen, Ogden, and Hoyne. The “Seeley” street name is due to a new internal passageway that will be created as the masterplan is built out. The scheme also involves two single-story retail buildings and a currently underway apartment building known as Gateway Apartments.
The exterior design by Piekarz Associates is made up of quadri-colored ACM paneling, prominent red signage, and a motor court with a port au cochere.
Nearest bus service comprises of Route 50 via a one-minute walk northeast to Damen & Ogden. Also within walking vicinity are Routes 7, 12, 126, and 157, while nearby CTA L trains can be found for the Blue Line at Illinois Medical station via a seven-minute walk northeast. Pink Line service, meanwhile, is available at Polk station via a nine-minute walk east.
With Burling Builders Inc as the general contractor, this $18.8 million project has not yet indicated a completion date.
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This is embarrassing all the way around. All parties involved should be ashamed to allow such suburban rubbish to occupy our land. Where is the Committee on Design here? Where is Maurice Cox? Chicago will never learn from past mistakes. This is as bad as the Holiday Inn on Canal/Harrison that will be an eyesore for generations. It’s amazing how mid & high-rise buildings are constantly rejected for “Not respecting the character of the neighborhood’ yet strip-malls, fast-food joints, department stores, hotels or auto shops with surface parking always magically fits within the context of their surroundings. This is a long way from the “IMD Gateway” plan announced originally.
^^could not have said it better myself. 1000% agreed. suburban garbage.