This chic, downtown rooftop added a new element of swank last month, thanks to the completion of a new, retractable rooftop on its 27th floor outdoor space. Now it can host guests year-round. From Hotel Chatter:
If you've been to theWit, a retractable roof makes complete sense. Located in the thick of the city's Loop and theater district, this Chicago hotel has always been about embracing its surrounding city views with style. No matter where you are in theWit — the spa, the fitness center, the restaurants, your room — you'll often spy views of everything from the L train and street level to Lake Michigan and Millennium Park. Now from the ROOF, the views just keep on coming through rain, sleet, snow and the wee hours.
Wee hours, indeed. The new retractable rooftop means that the ROOF won't have to close at midnight in accordance with the local ordinance that calls for outdoor patios across the city to close at that time.
Chicago's West Loop neighborhood is getting a new addition, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced last month.
A new, sleek, 45-story office building is being planned for 444 W. Lake St., at Lake and Canal streets, where the Chicago River splits into its north and south branches — and that's not all. The city is also planning to construct a 1.5-acre public riverfront sculpture park just east of the new tower.
Groundbreaking for the project is expected to begin late this year, with completion estimation around early 2016.
One Chicago restaurant and two local chefs are adding another accolade to their repertoire:
Two more Chicagoans walked away with important honors… Charlie Trotter was recognized as Humanitarian of the Year, and Grant Achatz was named to the foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America hall of fame.
The Affinia Hotel Becomes MileNorth
Located one block off The Magnificent Mile, the Affinia Hotel’s new name, MileNorth, is rather fitting. Most of the hotel’s elements remain the same — like the 215 guest rooms, C-House restaurant and C-View rooftop bar — but there’s one big change in store: MileNorth offers free WiFi.
More on the meetings:
On June 1, the Wyndham Hotel officially became a Hyatt hotel, creating a convenient Hyatt offering for medical meetings near Northwestern Memorial Hospital and its Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as the new nearby Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago. And it’s not just the name that’s changing. Following the rebranding will be a $25 million renovation that will take place later this year.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. will rebrand the 417-room Streeterville hotel as the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile after its $88.4 million purchase of the property from an affiliate of the Blackstone Group in a deal announced Wednesday. The rebranding is expected June 1, Hyatt Hotels Corp. said.
The hotel at 633 N. St. Clair St. will be managed by Davidson Hotels & Resorts under a franchise agreement with an affiliate of Hyatt.
"We believe Hyatt is the most attractive brand for this hotel due to Hyatt's ability to attract high-end business travel and corporate groups, including the vast number of medical meetings generated within walking distance of the hotel," Ken Cruse, Sunstone president and chief executive, said in a statement.