James McHugh Construction has started construction of a 7,000-sq.-ft. Haidilao Hot Pot restaurant in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.
The restaurant is being built at 107 E. Cermak Rd., on the second floor of Hiltons at McCormick Place. Antunovich Associates is the project architect.
Scheduled to open this December, the project marks the China-based global chain’s entry into the Midwest market. With U.S. locations in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Haidilao Hot Pot offers a high-end, Sichuan-style hot pot experience.
When complete, the two-level restaurant will include a 700-sq.-ft. waiting area, main staircase and elevator just inside its street-level entrance. Haidilao’s second level will span approximately 6,300 sq. ft. and house the main dining area, kitchen, bathrooms and office space.