Crews continue to make progress on a 13-story hotel development headed to the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago.
Known as The Study at University of Chicago, the South Side development is the third location of the college-oriented Study brand, which currently operates hotels near Yale and Philadelphia’s University City (a fourth location is planned at Johns Hopkins).
Developer and operator Hospitality 3 broke ground on the U of C project at 1227 E. 60th Street in early 2020. The site is located just south of the Midway Plaisance and east of the university's new David M. Rubenstein Forum conference center.
The design of the upcoming hotel comes from local architecture firm Holabird & Root. In addition to 167 guest rooms, the plan also calls for a restaurant, 4,700 square feet of conference space, and a vehicular drop-off area fronting 60th Street.
The hotel is expected to welcome guests this fall, according to Study Hotels and Hospitality 3 founder Paul McGowan.
"We are continuing to move forward, we'll be installing finishes throughout the building this summer," McGowan recently told the Hyde Park Herald. "We’ll move into our hiring phase for an approximate opening of September 2."
The hotel's location will be convenient to not only the university but the upcoming Obama Presidential Center. The controversial Jackson Park project, however, did not factor into the developer's initial decision.
"We didn't know much about the Obama library when we started planning," McGowan told Curbed Chicago in 2019. "But we can see large groups convening there and bringing more people to the campus."
The Study project is the second boutique hotel to pop up in Hyde Park in recent years. The seven-story 98-room Sophy Hotel opened along 53rd Street in late 2018.