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Apr. 10, 2013

NY Developer Plans Boutique Gay-Friendly Hotel in Boystown

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

New York-based Parkview Developers LLC plans to open a gay-friendly hotel in the heart of Boystown. The approximately 112-room hotel would be located on the 3300 block of North Halsted Street and would be called Out Chicago, according to Ian Reisner, managing partner of the development firm.

ChicagoRealEstateDaily.com reports the new hotel would be modeled after the Out NYC, which opened just over a year ago in New York, and would include an enclosed atrium that would feature event space, a spa and gym, a rooftop bar, restaurant and retail space.

The scope of the project is to offer an environment where members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, as well as their friends and family, can feel at home when visiting Chicago. Mr. Reisner, for the same source, said the project was pitched to Alderman Tom Tunney last summer and that he now plans to deliberate with the community residents at a Triangle Neighbors Association meeting.

This information has been confirmed by John Becvar, vice president of the association, who posted an announcement of the proposal on the neighborhood association’s Facebook page: “There’s a proposal for a very large development on the 3300 N. block of Halsted to build ‘The Out Chicago’ that will include 100-plus hotel rooms. The developer is trying to rush this through and hasn’t attended Triangle meetings but is having a joint neighborhood meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 7PM at the 19th District Police Station Community Room. Everyone should definitely attend.”

Ian Reisner said his company is negotiating to acquire the land for the project across from Roscoe’s Tavern and that the firm could partner with Minibar for a bar concept in the hotel. The hotel, which would cater to members of the LGBT community, does not market itself as a gay hotel but more as a straight-friendly urban resort, with straight guests representing almost a third of the hotel business at the New York location.

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Illustration Courtesy of John Becvar via Facebook.

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