Moxy Chicago DowntownCorner of LaSalle & Grand
Design Achievement - The Moxy brand was introduced in Europe in 2013, and launched in the United States in 2015. As the third U.S. location, Moxy Chicago will intermingle with Chicago’s trendy bar and restaurant scene, just a few blocks from The Michigan Avenue Magnificent Mile and The Loop. The property is located in the chic River North neighborhood to target the millennial traveler. Millennials are curious and adventurous. Like its guests, the Moxy brand sets itself as independent but connected, smart but not superior, and collaborative but convivial. Style can be delivered at attractive prices, and Moxy believes “smaller in concentration, not reduction.” Sitting on a prominent corner in Chicago’s gallery district, the design incorporates a 6-story fine art installation integrated into the façade. This feature, intended to engage local artists, serves as an overt connection to the neighborhood The balance of the façade is purposefully reserved and elegant, honoring Chicago’s Miesian design heritage. The highly efficient U-shaped guestroom floor plan features an internal light well, while the building’s mass holds the street wall and engages the passers-by with massive vertical folding glass doors.
Scope Summary – The scope of this 62,000 SF hotel includes 156 guestrooms and eight stories. The building consists of the ground level lobby and guest entrance with six levels of guestrooms above. The ground level includes a bar with guest check-in, kitchen, various social spaces, laundry, hotel operations/offices, public restrooms, and main mechanical and support spaces. At the second level, a fitness room is adjacent to the elevator lobby. All guestroom levels include housekeeping/linen spaces and ironing areas. The ground level bar and lobby are designed for effective networking and instantaneous applications supported by super high-speed Wi-Fi connections. The bar features handcrafted cocktails, local craft beers, and a locally-authentic food concept. DLR Group provided architecture services.