Chicago's hospitality industry is filled with new openings, renovations and developments that make Chicago the global visitor destination that it is.
RECENT OPENINGS AND RENOVATIONS
PUBLIC Chicago - October 2011
The 285-room boutique hotel in the former Ambassador East Hotel in the Gold Coast lakefront neighborhood offers personalized service and innovative, super-hip design. The Ian Schrager hotel features 10 meeting rooms, a full business center and a lounge that can double as a screening room. Plus, James Beard-award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is heading the kitchen at the historic Pump Room restaurant.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago - November 2011
Sleek sophistication is key in the new $125 million fashion-inspired hotel in the world-renowned Aqua Tower. The hotel has 334 guest rooms, an 8,000-square-foot fitness center and spa, and more than 28,500 square feet of meeting space, including a picturesque 12,035-square-foot ballroom with 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows.
Greenhouse Loft - November 2011
Located a mere 10 minutes from the Loop in Logan Square, the 3,500-square-foot LEED Platinum event space fits up to 250 people in its loft space, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and an 8,000-square-foot organic sky garden.
Hotel Lincoln - February 2012
Boutique hotelier Joie de Vivre debuts its second location outside California with the 184-room Hotel Lincoln, located in a historic building at Clark and Lincoln in the trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood. Already the site of Perennial Virant restaurant, the new hotel will feature a rooftop bar, and many of the rooms will have lake views.
Acme Hotel Company Chicago - May 2012
Langham Chicago Hotel - 2013
Located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, within the heart of the city's restaurant and nightlife hub, this new boutique hotel (Formerly a Comfort Inn & Suites) will offer hip design, a high-tech vibe and approachable accommodations. The hotel, the result of a $3 million plus renovation, is comprised of 130 rooms, including 25 suites. ACME Hotel will deliver the latest in tech-savvy accommodations featuring 46" LED TVs with easy Apple and HDMI connections. In addition, all suites come with Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin audio systems.
The landmark, riverfront Miles van der Rohe building will be transformed into a haven of European hospitality, with 330 spacious guest rooms; the award-winning, 9,000-square-foot Chuan Spa; and dining bound to rival Langham's other Michelin Award-winning restaurants. Catch views of the lake and the river from the guest rooms or the 20,000 square feet of elegant meeting facilities.
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place - 2013
The Four Diamond AAA-rated hotel will get a considerable revamp with an $87 million expansion. Part of the original hotel plan, the Hyatt Regency will add a new 461-room guest tower. Plus the Hyatt's existing 800 rooms - and the adjacent conference center - will receive a significant face lift.
Renaissance North Shore Hotel - 2013
Renaissance's 22,000 square feet of meeting space will be the first to benefit from a $7.5 million total revamp of the North Shore hotel. The Northbrook Ballroom and the Greenery, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, and a deck, will receive complete makeovers, giving the hotel a more modern and welcoming feel. Renovations of guest rooms will top off the overhaul.
Aloft Chicago City Center - 2014
Business meets style at Clark and Illinois streets, where the modern, chic, 274-room hotel will offer delegates the convenient combination of work and play. With free Wi-Fi, plug-and-play connectivity centers in rooms and a state-of-the-art meeting space, guests will enjoy the best of both worlds with the latest business amenities and the swanky hotel bar.
Check out Chicago's Hot Happenings for March through August 2012, including events, exhibits and can't-miss-performances.