Proposed HYATT Project
Barrier Reef Restaurant

Ground Level Computer Images

Ground level floor plan

Shark Reef Lounge & Shark Bar

A swirl of sharks towering three stories above Wacker Drive will be the defining feature of Barrier Reef. Vivid corals, the cast of Finding Nemo, and the sea's ultimate predators in a 30-foot cylinder of glass will rivet the attention of restaurant patrons and outside sightseers alike. Barrier Reef is destined to become the glowing, animated proscenium of Chicago's new Riverwalk!

Water Features

  • Entry/Elevator Aquariums
    27' x 30" x 42"; 2,100 gal.
  • Exterior Eel Aquarium
    24' x 30"x 42"; 1,500 gal.
  • Stair Aquarium/Pond Hybrid
    19' x 26' x 4'; 11,850 gal.
  • Shark Tank
    12' dia. x 30' tall;
    25,400 gal.

Interior Design Features

  • Wood-block Flooring and Plush Carpeting
  • Glass-top, Bottom-lit "S"-Shaped Bar Seating 24
  • Three Stone and Tile Fireplaces
  • Sheer Drapery Along the Large Window View
  • Custom Silvered-mirror-tiled Columns

Architecture Features

  • Glass Stairs to Second Level Surrounded by Aquariums
  • Outdoor Balcony Seating
  • Three Distinct Lounge Service Areas


Total Seating Capacity 138
Total Square Feet 4,299
Shark Reef Lounge and Shark Bar Rendering

There will be no staring into drinks when surrounded by this cast of vibrant fish swimming among the beautifully hand-sculpted coral designs. Guests sitting anywhere in the lounge will be riveted by the amazing shark tank. Another eye-catching experience—Chicago's cityscapes and river views from the inside looking out—wow! Dining in the lounges will include the A-list of appetizers from sushi to sashimi and a raw bar featuring clams, oysters, crab, and shrimp. Entrees will include fresh fish, filet mignon, daily specials, and homemade soups.


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