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MCA roof looks like an industrial zone, nearby residents say. /Photo by Shia Kapos 0

Plans for MCA restaurant cause a neighborhood stir

April 26th, 2017

Residents whose high-rise homes overlook the Museum of Contemporary Art, are worried that the museum’s soon-to-be-opened restaurant will affect their views and add unwanted noise and odors to their idyllic Streeterville neighborhood.

Marisol, as the restaurant is called, will be located on the ground floor within the museum, but kitchen-related equipment has been added to the once sleek roof. A large refrigeration compressor and a ventilator that will push smells up and out of the building have been placed next to three cell phone towers.

It’s all in full view of of the surrounding high-rise neighbors, and they don’t like it.

“It looks like an industrial zone,” says Karen Burnett, a retired marketing executive who lives on Pearson Street overlooking the museum. “I would have expected the people at the MCA to be arbiters of elegance and good taste and yet they’ve done this to the roof.”

Get the details in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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