InterContinental Hotel Room

The InterContinental Hotel is a Chicago landmark. Located on The Magnificent Mile, it's positioned alongside Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building as standing monuments to the city's Roaring Twenties era. And even though it's been a Chicago institution for more than 80 years, the InterContinental continues to build on its historic reputation. 

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If we've learned anything from the Ford Mustang or the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star, it's that classics don't need to change much. On the other hand, we've all heard enough wedding dance floor renditions of the Isley Brothers and Black Eyed Peas to know that sometimes you need to switch it up. Just a little. For 2013, the InterContinental is giving you a balance of new and classic reasons to stay with them during your visit to Chicago.  

They Have a New Chef 

Chef Reed
Executive Chef Randy Reed brings a fresh face to the hotel's food and beverage offerings. Chef Reed hails from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and comes to Chicago after stints in the hotel group's San Francisco properties and as sous chef for the Cleveland Yacht Club. Most recently, Chef Reed served as Executive Sous Chef at The Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C., managing the overall operations of the kitchen staff, as well as special event menus for large-scale banquets.

Dining options in include Michael Jordan Steak House, an modern American steakhouse that reflects the Chicago basketball legend's preferred dining style, and ENO, an upscale wine lounge that features cheese and chocolate pairings.

The Rooms Have a Fresh Look

InterContinental Hotel Room

The hotel just ended a $12M renovation project that includes the overhaul of 477 guest rooms and corridors. The makeover balances the hotel's history and architecture with the contemporary style and energy of its Michigan Avenue location.

The updated design features include:

  • An opulent color palette of green and chartreuse, integrated with deep textures and rich patterns with a modern touch, reflecting upon Michigan Avenue as Chicago's fashion center.
  • Reflecting the original geometric pattern of the metal grillwork found in the lobby and porte cochere through an abstract pattern, repeating in varying scales through the custom designed draperies, signage, corridor lighting, and carpet.
  • Utilizing finishes, textures and fabric selections that enhance the rooms' space and details.
  • Using fashion elements inspired by the hotel's location, with leather wrapped welt of a Chanel blazer interpreted into pillow and lighting details and the composition of a Cartier watchband translated into corridor lighting.
  • Grand upholstered headboards with channel stitching reminiscent of the lobby intricacies.
  • Photographs of busy streetscapes, positioned as memorable visual moments in each guest room.

As the first Chicago hotel to receive an ENERGY STAR rating, as well as a silver certification from Green Seal and StayGreen recognition from the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, the hotel emphasizes local sourcing to sustain its commitment to "green" performance. Additional eco-focused initiatives include the use of energy-conserving technology, eco-friendly beauty products and a comprehensive recycling program.

Also, The Pool

InterContinental Hotel Pool
With my propensity towards sunburn and being thrown out of private cabanas, the InterContinental's Art Deco-style, indoor pool is a personal favorite. It echoes the glory of the original Medinah Athletic Club and is widely recognized as one of the most stunning pool areas in the country.  

For more information about the InterContinental Hotel or to book your stay, click here.

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