Maggie Daley Park Restaurant Proposal Awaits Chicago Plan Commission and City Council Approval
MAGGIE DALEY PARK — Folks hoping to eat at the glassy restaurant proposed for Maggie Daley Park will have to wait.
Not because of long lines, but bureaucracy.
Despite receiving a park district permit in January, Four Corners Tavern Group has yet to begin work on the 10,000-square-foot, 300-seat eatery it wants to build at the southern end of Downtown's new park.
Why? The restaurant group has yet to make its pitch to the Chicago Plan Commission, which reviews developments on public land and other matters.
Bob O'Neill, president of the Grant Park Conservancy, told neighbors at a meeting Tuesday that Four Corners hopes to get on the commission's agenda for its Sept. 17 meeting. If approved, the restaurant would then require a final OK from the city council, meaning construction likely wouldn't start until the winter at earliest.
That marks a big delay from earlier this year, when park district officials told neighbors the restaurant could open by the end of 2015.
Imagined by landscape architect Ernest Wong and Chicago-based SPACE Architects, Maggie's at the Park would be housed in a 10,000-square-foot glass structure with retractable walls aimed at bringing the outdoors inside. The Monroe Street restaurant would also feature a green roof that serves as an extension of Maggie Daley Park, offering visitors a view over Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. O'Neill said Four Corners also plans to install enough bathrooms to accommodate restaurant patrons and park visitors alike.
Four Corners Director Ryan Indovina declined to comment. A plan commission representative did not return a message.