It looks like an underwater restaurant may come to Chicago, but you won't have to don a SCUBA suit to get there. Our sister site, Curbed Chicago, unearthed renderings of a proposed Hyatt project called Barrier Reef Restaurant, which would see 280 linear feet of aquariums throughout the sushi restaurant. That's 52,000 gallons of water featuring dozens of fish and sea life found in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The proposed space has three different dining areas and lounges, including the Shark Reef Lounge featuring a three-story-tall shark tank. Guests would enter the restaurant through a jellyfish aquarium while walking over a glass bridge suspended over a stingray pond.
While the concept sounds gimmicky, it actually looks really damn cool. A call to the developer said they were still scouting locations, but the renderings look like the proposed spot is Wacker and Stetson at the Hyatt Regency. Stay tuned and in the meantime, check out the full gallery at Curbed Chicago.
· Crazy "Barrier Reef" Restaurant Proposed for Chicago [~CChi~]
· Barrier Reef [website]