ThinkFoodGroup, Gibsons partner for 110 North Wacker joint dining venture

Dining venue, catering program brings José Andrés’ creativity to tallest Chicago building

ThinkFoodGroup and José Andrés have partnered with the Gibsons Restaurant Group in a joint-venture dining destination for 110 North Wacker Drive. They signed a 17,200 square-foot lease in the trophy-class building in downtown Chicago—to be the city’s tallest. The lease makes possible a multi-concept dining pavilion with a fine dining restaurant, including a craft cocktail bar experience, that also provides catering to the North Wacker Drive event space, according to an announcement from The Howard Hughes Corporation and Riverside Investment and Development.

The joint venture between ThinkFoodGroup and Gibsons Restaurant Group paves the way for direct collaboration between Chef Andrés and the Lombardo family of Gibsons. With a historic presence in Chicago, Gibsons will funnel its operational experience to the project. Meanwhile, ThinkFoodGroup brings to bear its culinary creativity.

“The Gibsons team has been setting the standard for steakhouses in Chicago for decades and José Andrés is an award-winning chef as well as an incredible humanitarian—together the team will bring an array of exceptional new culinary experiences to one of the best cities for food in the country,” said Paul Layne, The Howard Hughes Corporation chief executive.

110 North Wacker Drive will be Chicago's tallest building. It's the home of a new joint venture between Jose Andres' ThinkFoodGroup and Gibsons Restaurant Group. Photo by Goettsch Partners.
110 North Wacker Drive will be Chicago’s tallest building. It’s the home of a new joint venture between Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup and Gibsons Restaurant Group. Photo by Goettsch Partners.

The dining partnership at 110 North Wacker Drive in Chicago is a “dynamic food and beverage solution” for the building and the amenity space, suggested Jim McCaffrey, SVP of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. The ThinkFoodGroup-Gibsons joint venture will complement the building’s planned restaurants and the 400-person event space that connects to the building’s dock on Chicago River. The event space spans 10,000 square feet and offers floor-to-ceiling windows and operable walls to provide ultimate customization.

Delivering in October 2020, 110 North Wacker Drive brings state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a concierge program and other amenities. The 1.5-million-square-foot trophy-class tower in the West Loop is already 74 percent preleased. Goettsch Partners brought the office tower vision into reality through its design, while Clark Construction managed the buildout. CBRE acts as the landlord representative, tapping its commercial property management and real-estate-services expertise.


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