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Chicago News: February


Chicago Hotel Highlights: February

Elysian Hotel Becomes the Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Effective: Feb. 1, 2012
Chicago's award-winning Elysian Hotel is getting a name change this month and will now be branded the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. While the name has changed, the luxury has not: there’s still the heated cobblestone courtyard, Italian bed linens and refined amenities travelers have come to expect from such an elegant lodging. From Commercial Property Executive:

The new owners of the soon-to-be Waldorf Astoria Chicago should not have too many problems filling up the guestrooms. As per a forecast by hotel revenue solutions provider TravelClick Inc., demand will continue to go on the upswing in the Windy City next year. According to the report, which is based on actual hotel bookings for the period October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012, Chicago will be among the top three metropolitan markets to experience the strongest occupancy growth with an anticipated increase of 25.6 percent.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune about the change

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Begins Expansion
The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place has recently started the first phase of its three-phase expansion and renovation:

  • Phase One: Construction of a new 460-room tower that includes 12 suites and two premium suites.
    In progress; completion planned for mid-2013
  • Phase Two: Redesign of the hotel's coffee shop, including an expanded seating area and WiFi access.
    Beginning spring 2012
  • Phase Three: Expansion and renovation of the hotel's main lobby, renovation of the existing 800-room tower, redesign/renovation of the conference center which includes redevlopment of the 4,000-sq.-ft. Prairie Center, expansion of Shor (the hotel's fine dining restaurant).
    Beginning late 2012

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