From the transformation of a landmark building into the elegant Langham Hotel (pictured) to a River North restaurant from another "Top Chef," 2013 brings with it some exciting new openings with unique meeting opportunities.
SIENA TAVERN: EARLY 2013
"Top Chef" alum and native Italian Fabio Viviani will open an Italian restaurant in River North early next year. Housed in a 10,000-sq.-ft. space, Siena Tavern will feature six distinct spaces, including a crudo/pizza bar with an open kitchen. On the menu will be housemade pastas (think: truffle gnocchi), Neapolitan pizzas and some recipes from Viviani's mom.
PROMONTORY RESTAURANT: EARLY 2013
This new restaurant/bar/concert venue will be housed in a 25,000-sq.-ft. site just across the street from the mixed-use Harper Court development opening in spring 2013. The owner of Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle, Bruce Finkelman, will partner with acclaimed Longman & Eagle chef Jared Wentworth at the Promontory, though neither has revealed what type of cuisine will be served.
LANGHAM CHICAGO HOTEL: SUMMER 2013
The landmark, riverfront Mies van der Rohe building will be transformed into a haven of European hospitality, with 316 spacious guest rooms and 15,000 sq. ft. of elegant meeting space.
- Grand Ballroom: 260 banquet
- Junior Ballroom: 150 banquet
- Breakout rooms: 50 banquet
- Screening Room: 16 theater
THE GODFREY HOTEL CHICAGO: SUMMER 2013
The cube-inspired architecture of this new hotel isn't the only thing that will make it stand out. Its 12,000-sq.-ft.indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge and conference space is also accented with water elements, fire pits and greenery, allowing for flexible indoor/outdoor events.
- Indoor: 100 banquet
- Outdoor: 400 banquet
- Combined: 700 reception
MULTI-HOTEL DEVELOPMENT: JUNE 2013
Business meets style in the heart of River North, amid a development that will house the new Aloft Chicago City Center (272 rooms), Hyatt Place (212 rooms) and Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/River North (180 rooms).
- Shared, flexible meeting space: 3,500 sq. ft.
HYATT PLACE CHICAGO @ HYDE PARK: AUGUST 2013
The south side neighborhood of Hyde Park gets its first new hotel in nearly 50 years in the form of this six-floor, 131-room, LEED-certified hotel with underground parking, meeting spaces, dining and a bar, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center.
- Main meeting room: 70 banquet / 100 reception
- Board room: 12 capacity
VIRGIN HOTEL CHICAGO: FALL 2013
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Hotel opens this year in Chicago in a 27-story art deco landmark building in the Loop, one block off Michigan Avenue. Expect 250 guest rooms, dining options and meeting spaces that follow Virgin’s hip, fresh brand.
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