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The fourth-largest hotel market in the nation, Chicago is poised to stay
on top with about a dozen hotels newly opened or under construction,
and several major expansions. Expect about 4,000 additional rooms to
downtown by 2015, according to the city's tourism officials.
"It's an exciting time for Chicago," affirms John Rutledge, chief
executive of locally based Oxford Capital Partners. "Both citywide
conventions and tourism are strong, and we think the city is looking pretty
strong for the next three to five years."
As the economy rebounds and new glass towers keep rising, aging
office buildings, such as the prominently located London Guaranty
(recently purchased by Oxford for conversion to a hotel) have become
perfect stomping grounds for adaptive reuse, pushing the growth. This
summer, the 610-key JW Marriott emerged from a $396 million gut
renovation of a 1914 Daniel Burnham office building, while in the biggest of
such moves thus far Oxford transformed the IBM Building, a late-Miesian
office tower, into the posh Langham with interiors by an all-star lineup:
Dirk Lohan, Richmond International, Rockwell Group, and art curated by
Lauren Rottet.
More is on the way. The newest outpost of Soho House is pegged
for a warehouse conversion in the West Loop, while back downtown
another landmarked Loop Art Deco skyscraper, the Old Dearborn
Bank Building, is en route to becoming the first Virgin Hotel in August
with interiors-including 250 guestrooms, a spa, and five F&B venues
including a roofdeck-crafted by Rockwell Europe. Nearby, the Chicago
Athletic Association, boasting a dramatic Venetian Gothic façade, will be
turned into a 250-room property designed by Roman and Williams and
operated by Commune Hotels + Resorts, which just introduced the Tara
Bernerd-designed sophisticated, yet edgy Thompson to town. In 2015,
InterContinental's Indigo brand will open a 145-room hotel in a longvacant century-old building just north of Millennium Park.
"We're getting back to where things were heading before the
recession," observes Chris McDonough, design director of the Chicago
office of Gettys, which is working on "pre-design due diligence" for the
London Guaranty project and has overseen much of the other work around
town. "There's been pent-up demand."
That certainly was the case with the Godfrey, a luxury boutique
effort scheduled to open early next year in the burgeoning River North
neighborhood. Gettys used sumptuous materials like tweed and leather
in the public spaces and a similar pinstriped vocabulary in the 221
guestrooms. "This will be a destination venue," McDonough says, noting
that its rooftop lounge will be the largest in town. Also planned for the
neighborhood: the 215-rooom Kinzie Hotel, which will boast a design
courtesy of Gettys that pays tribute to John Kinzie, a controversial figure
who made a historical stamp on Chicago throughout the 19th century.
Older properties aren't standing still. Gettys was recently tagged for
a rebranding of an Affinia into Mile North, a "more fun and relaxing"
boutique than earlier entries like theWit, James, and Ian Schrager's Public.
McDonough and his team enlarged the lobby and replaced the restaurant
with a more contemporary market/café outfitted with industrial touches
like a bar made from old card catalogs. This year, Gettys also completed
a $2.5 million renovation of meeting spaces at Fairmont Chicago
Millennium Park, the culmination of a five-year $60 million top-to-bottom
rework (the firm also handled the grand suites).
The city's Hyatt flagships have also gone under the knife. Chicago's
(and Hyatt's) largest property-the 2,019-key Hyatt Regency Chicago-
looked pale and haggard sitting in the shadow of the undulating contours
of the Aqua tower, according to Paul Bentel of Locust Valley, New York-

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1. Guests dine under
a trellis at the Hyatt
Regency Chicago's
American Craft Kitchen
& Bar, part of the
hotel's $168 million
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