MEETING PROFESSIONALS: JULY 2015 NEW IN CHICAGO

Discover the city's most recent openings, updates and renovations.

AC HOTEL CHICAGO DOWNTOWN OPENS

AC Hotels by Marriott Chicago Downtown

AC Hotels by Marriott are known for their unique design and upscale urban inspiration, magnified by the global Marriott International portfolio. This sleek new 226-room property, which opened May 29 at 630 N. Rush St., offers five meeting rooms, totaling 3,000 square feet of meeting space. The property also features an outdoor terrace for small receptions.

The AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, formerly the Four Points Sheraton, is one of the first five U.S. AC Hotels by Marriott, targeting millenials and business travelers. For travelers searching for "sophisticated European-inspired aesthetics" in a convenient location with the most contemporary hospitality, choose AC Hotels Chicago Downtown.

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NEW HAMPTON INN OPENS IN HISTORIC MOTOR CLUB BUILDING

On May 20, Hampton Inn by Hilton Chicago Downtown/N Loop/Michigan Ave. officially opened in the former Art Deco Chicago Motor Club building located at 68 E. Wacker Place. Preservation of many of the building's historic elements, including its 33-foot high lobby featuring a 29-foot mural of popular road destinations, made up a signifcant amount of the renovation budget.

The 17-story, 143-room hotel offers amenities such as free WiFi, a 624-square-foot meeting space and a state-of-the-art fitness center. 

"Returning the historic Chicago Motor Club Building to its original, exquisite form was extremely important to us," said John T. Murphy, president of Murphy Asset Management. "The hotel is in a fantastic location and the historic significance and beauty of the building will add to the guest experience. It's unique only to this location."  

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NEW CONRAD CHICAGO HOTEL OPENING IN 2016

Conrad Chicago

A new Conrad Chicago hotel was announced, making it the sixth U.S.-based Conrad Hotels & Resorts property behind upcoming projects in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Washington D.C. Opening in Spring 2016, the Conrad Chicago will overlook Michigan Avenue from Erie Street, a convenient central location for dozens of entertainment options, from fine dining to luxury shopping and more. The hotel will have 287 rooms, 12 of which will be suites, and will offer more than 10,500 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space.

In May, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. announced the current Conrad Chicago hotel at 521 N. Rush St. will be rebranded under The Luxury Collection brand. This fall, the property will transition to Starwood management under a new name. This marks The Luxury Collection's debut in Chicago.

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NEW SPA DEBUTS AT JW MARRIOTT CHICAGO THIS MONTH

Formerly known as VALEO Chicago, the new Spa at JW Chicago will open in July 2015. New offerings include bento-box-inspired meals from the hotel's executive chef, renovated treatment rooms and new retail options, such as Trina Turk apparel and Clarisonic. Located in the hotel's lower galleria level, the spa has a full menu of treatments for guests and other visitors. 

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FINNAIR'S INAUGURAL FLIGHT FROM HELSINKI ARRIVES IN CHICAGO

On June 13, 2015, the first flight of Finnair's new summer schedule arrived to Chicago O'Hare International Airport from Helsinki, Finland. Finnair will operate three weekly flights through October 17. The Helsinki route addition further expands Chicago's expansive portfolio of direct flights to and from international destinations. 

Learn more about the new Helsinki-Chicago Finnair route