WEST LOOP — A prominent West Loop developer aims to develop a 19-story hotel tower near McDonald's new corporate headquarters, according to a zoning application introduced to a City Council committee Wednesday.
If approved, the Sterling Bay hotel project, proposed at 113 N. May St. in the West Loop, would join a long list of existing and approved hotel projects in the booming neighborhood. The site at May and Washington streets is currently a two-story building that was part of the former Harpo Studios campus.
At a Crain's Real Estate Forum in September 2016, Sterling Bay Principal Andy Gloor said the 200-room extended stay hotel project would likely be operated by Hyatt.
Under plans, the hotel would top out at 199 feet and would include retail space on the ground floor and at least 41 park spaces, according to the zoning application. Eckenhoff Saunders Architects is expected to design the project.
The developer is requesting a zoning change, according to city records.
Sterling Bay officials did not respond to questions about the project Wednesday.
The West Loop is home to the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Downtown, Soho House Chicago, a Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites, and Sterling Bay's Ace Hotel is expected to open this fall. A Nobu Hotel on Randolph, Hoxton Hotel on Lake Street, a hotel by Equinox fitness clubs on Randolph and an 11-room bed and breakfast on Washington are all under construction or in the works.
Sterling Bay is developing several other high-profile projects in the neighborhood, including the McDonald's headquarters on Randolph Street, the 12-story McDonald's "Vendor Village"at Lake and Carpenter streets and Fulton West, a nine-story office and parking development in Fulton Market.