MAGGIE DALEY PARK — As promised, the new restaurant to be built at Maggie Daley Park will have a design that welcomes, not overwhelms, its surroundings, new renderings illustrate.
Imagined by landscape architect Ernest Wong and Chicago-based SPACE Architects, Maggie's at the Park will be housed in a 10,000-square-foot glass structure with retractable walls aimed at bringing the outdoors inside.
As previously reported, the Four Corners Tavern Group restaurant along Monroe Street will also feature a green roof that serves as an extension of the new park, offering visitors a view over Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain.
The above renderings and the images of a model restaurant below were presented at Thursday night's Grant Park Conservancy meeting.
"The indoor/outdoor play is what we're pushing for," said Rob Rejman, director of planning and construction for the Chicago Park District. "We love (the design). This is what we want to do."
No one from Chicago-based Four Corners attended Thursday's meeting, but Four Corners Director Ryan Indovina previously told DNAinfo that the restaurant would complement the "young and playful" vibe of the new park named after Chicago's former first lady. Maggie's will occupy a tract of land at the southern end of the park where The Green at Grant Park miniature golf course once stood.
It's unclear when the restaurant would open, but Rejman previously said construction could begin by June, with the restaurant opening by the end of the year. It's estimated Maggie's could accommodate 300 patrons inside.
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