Architects Seek Approval for New Wrigley Hotel Design

New design for proposed hotel across from Wrigley Field

By Jenel Nels
|  Thursday, Jun 17, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 AM CDT
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The architects behind a proposed hotel, apartment and retail building set to be built across from Wrigley Field made changes to its design after complaints from neighbors.

They're hoping the new design, which includes folded metal walls, staggered rooftops, window bays along Clark and striped brickwork along Clark and Addison will be a hit with the Chicago Planning Commission.

The building proposal goes before the commission Thursday to try and win re-rezoning.

The new design ideas, which come after neighborhood complaints that the building was too tall and bland, are being tossed out by architect, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the man behind the look of the Crate & Barrel store on North Michigan Avenue.

His vision for the Wrigley development is to blend the new brick structure with the existing look that defines Wrigley Field. Previous plans featured a mall-like, flat design.

The Chicago Tribune's architecture critic Blair Kamin weighs in on the design changes, calling them a hit, but not a homerun.

Developers first pitched the idea for the new structure back in 2008.


 

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