Hyatt Place Harper Court

Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Hyatt Place Harper Court—the Hyde Park community's first new hotel in 50 years—features a ventilated porcelain tile and zinc shingle façade system. The materials reinforce the hotel's brand of urban elegance, respect the community's historic context, and usher in a modern image as part of the University of Chicago's Harper Court mixed-use development.

Red sandstone-colored porcelain tiles relate to predominate building materials in the area. As the zinc shingles weather, they will take on a patina appearance that also resembles established buildings nearby. The lighter weight materials allowed the hotel to be built on an existing underground parking garage. The focus on high quality construction materials carries through to a blade-shaped sign, a glass "Edge," and a glass canopy. The design sets back the lobby and positions it on an angle to keep views open and entice passersby into Harper Court proper.

The hotel stands as the centerpiece for the LEED-ND Gold certified Harper Court development, a mixed-use development whose leaders aimed at inspiring future high-density sustainable neighborhoods in Chicago and across the nation.

Architect of record

Douglas Ogurek
Legat Architects, Inc.
651 W. Washington Blvd., Suite One
Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Phone: 847.406.1141
Fax: 847.249.0436

General contractor

Mark Maroulis
William A. Randolph, Inc.
820 Lakeside Drive, Suite 3
Gurnee, IL 60031, USA
Phone: 847.856.0123
Fax: 847.856.0696

Consultant 1

Natalie Sheedy
Natalie Sheedy Interiors
2632 North Drake Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Phone: 773.276.2900
Fax: 773.276.2904

Consultant 2

Ralph Calistro
CS Associates, Inc.
4532 W. 103rd Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453, USA
Phone: 708.422.5306
Fax: 708.422.3982

Consultant 3

Ehab Elqaq
Advance Consulting Group International
300 W. Adams St., Suite 420
Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Phone: 312.357.1840
Fax: 312.357.1845


James Steinkamp
Steinkamp Photography
923 Oakwood Terrace
Hinsdale, IL 60521, USA
Phone: 312.735.5333
Fax: NA