The 241-room luxury, boutique Chicago Athletic Association hotel opened May 27, 2015 to the general public, following the groundbreaking restoration of the iconic 1890 vintage building. Chicago Athletic Association features 17,000 square feet of event space; elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites; and a multitude of culinary options, including rooftop lounge Cindy's and popular burger eatery Shake Shack.
After 15 months of consideration, the Barack Obama Foundation has announced the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be located on Chicago's South Side, in either Washington Park or Jackson Park. All aspects of building, construction, design and planning will be handled by the Foundation. The center will include the library, museum and office and activity space for community engagement.
On April 27, 2015, it was announced The Ritz-Carlton Chicago will become a full participant in The Ritz-Carlton hotel portfolio and all of its programs. The integration is expected to occur in August 2015, and the hotel is set to undergo an extensive renovation of its public space and guest rooms over the next two years. Guests will now be able to make reservations on www.ritzcarlton.com and will be elibible for benefits of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards guest loyalty program.
The Luxury Collection brand will be introduced to Chicago following the conversion of the hotel now known as Conrad Chicago, it was announced last month by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Following renovation, the former Hilton property will transition under a new name to Starwood management this fall. The hotel will "deliver impeccable service and modern sophistication to the new generation of luxury travelers near the Windy City's best shopping, dining and attractions," Hoyt H. Harper II, global brand leader of The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, said.
Best Western's new lifestyle brand Vib (pronounced "vibe") is scheduled to make its U.S. debut in Chicago in late summer 2016. The 74-room hotel will be located near Midway International Airport.