EQ Office Unveils Plans for Dining, Retail Destination at Willis Tower in Chicago
CHICAGO — Blackstone’s Equity Office, a large U.S. owner of office space, has unveiled plans for “Catalog,” a five-story dining, retail and entertainment destination located at the base of Willis Tower in downtown Chicago. Food hall operator Urbanspace will anchor Catalog’s food and beverage offerings, occupying more than 14,000 square feet and making the company one of the largest retailers in the building. The name Catalog is a nod to the Sears Roebuck Co., which originally developed and opened Willis Tower in 1973. Architecture firm Gensler is designing the space, which is scheduled to open in mid-2020. Willis Tower is undergoing $500 million in renovations, plans for which include more than 300,000 square feet of new retail, dining and entertainment space. Pre-leased tenants include Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Luke’s Lobster and Taylor Gourmet.