Plans for a 12-story Old Town hotel known as “The Duke of Wells” have been brought back online. This week, the project at 1528 N Wells Street received its first official permit for foundation work to begin. With Condor Partners as the developer, the project will bring 203 new hotel rooms to the thoroughfare, already one of the city’s busiest restaurant and bar scenes. Construction was originally approved back in 2020, and will replace a currently empty lot that was previously the site of a since-demolished O’Brien’s restaurant.
The 151-foot-tall design by Pappageorge Haymes features many setback amenity terraces. Combined with its height, eight-foot-tall windows and multi-shade brick exterior, the building will be a significant addition visually along the mainly low-rise corridor. In the rear at its base, there will also be gray and white stone masonry to further reflect this more residential stretch. Meanwhile, Summer Thornton will serve as the interior designer for the hotel rooms.
As noted in a recent article by Urbanize, the 4.5-star hotel amenities will feature a rooftop lounge, a spa and fitness center, as well as a restaurant component.
1528 N Wells Street is situated between W North Avenue and W Burton Place, placing it close to several different types of properties including offices, stores, and homes. There is also a Sedgwick CTA L station nearby which can be reached within seven minutes via foot, providing access to the Brown and Purple Lines as well as multiple CTA bus routes.
McHugh Construction is serving as the general contractor for the nearly $100 million build. No official completion timeline has yet been announced.