DOWNTOWN — Here's what a slimmed down version of the restaurant proposed for Maggie Daley Park may look like.
The architect behind the glassy box proposed for the southern end of the Downtown park has revealed a new rendering for Maggie's at the Park, which is now half the size it was when first proposed last year. After many delays, city officials will consider the restaurant later this month for the southern end of the year-old Downtown park.
Bob O'Neill, president of the nearby Grant Park Conservancy, believes the new design fits in well with its surroundings.
"It turned out very nicely and a smaller foot print is even better for the park," O'Neill wrote in an e-mail. "It also complements the [Art Institute's] Modern Wing nearly across the street very well. The huge increase in outdoor seating will make it far more active."
Chicago-based Four Corners Tavern Group signed a lease last year for the restaurant and intended to open it by the end of 2015, but the project at 352 E. Monroe St. was held up amid concerns from neighbors, advocacy group Friends of the Parks, and Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd).
The restaurant would now be 8,000 square feet, down from 15,750 square feet last year. There are also 240 outdoor seats, way more than the 50 patio seats proposed last year. The restaurant would seat 120 customers inside, down from 340 seats inside seats last year.
The restaurant would still include public bathrooms and a green roof with views over Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, but set back deeper from Monroe Street.
The Chicago Plan Commission will vote April 21 to approve or deny the new restaurant plan. Four Corners could start construction upon receiving commission approval.
Stay tuned for more updates.