Equinox hotel to rise 58 stories above Chicago’s West Loop
The proposed high-rise would top out at 680 feet
BY JAY KOZIARZ OCT 11, 2017, 12:22PM CDT
The plan to bring a combination residential/hotel development marketed under the Equinox Fitness Club brand to Chicago’s West Loop is finally coming into clearer focus. Reported originally in 2015 to be a 369-foot tower featuring 145 hotel rooms topped by 20 for-sale condominiums, the project at 725 W. Randolph has since grown considerably larger. According to zoning documents filed with the Chicago City Clerk, the latest plan now calls for a 680-foot skyscraper containing 165 hotel rooms and 370 residential units.
The project comes from Chicago-based developer Related Midwest who is in effect doubling down on the area after also submitting an application for a 51-story residential tower at Randolph and Peoria with partner Tucker Development. Equinox had announced plans to open as many as 75 fitness-oriented hotels around the world including a location at the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards megaproject in New York. Related acquired Equinox Fitness Clubs in 2006.
Contrary to earlier reports tapping New York-based Handel Architects to oversee the design, the 58-story Chicago tower comes from Perkins Eastman Architects and Roger Ferris + Partners. The plan also calls for an on-site fitness club, prominent exterior signage, and parking for 150 vehicles accessible via Court Place.