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With its recent renovation, Hilton Chicago aims to completely transform key areas of the hotel.

and showcase its presence in Chicago.

the John Whitaker Award and State

“Upon completion, the renovation will

Leadership Award from the American

bring a complete transformation in key

Hotel & Lodging Association. Wells, who

hotel areas,” the hotel says.

has 27 years’ experience in the hospital-

In the first phase, Hilton Chicago renovated its lobby, which now features 720

ity industry, has held positions at 11 hotels in seven states.

South Bar & Grill, a 238-seat American-

Wells joined Hilton Chicago in March

style restaurant with a 208-seat lounge

2007 and is a four-time general manager

with a technology lounge area. The hotel

with Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

also added SNAX, an upscale grab-andgo marketplace.
The additions also include more meet-

“The State Leadership Awards, previously known as the Most Valuable Volunteer Awards, were created in 1998 to

ing space on the lobby level with the new

honor exceptional leaders in each part-

Buckingham room, and the renovation of

ner state association who help imple-

454 guest rooms. At the end of the proj-

ment and strengthen programs,” the

ect, it will have 1,544 brand-new guest

hotel says.

rooms, elevator landings and corridors.
“The guest room design was inspired by

"I was both surprised and humbled to
be selected for this award among the

Chicago’s founding motto, ‘Urbs in Horto,’

other prestigious honorees. It is truly an

which translates to ‘city in a garden,’” it

honor to be recognized by my peers in the

says. “With unobstructed lake and skyline

hospitality industry," Wells said of the

views, Hilton Chicago specialty suites

award. "My career, the people I have

claim their spot at the top of the hotel,

worked with and the people I have met

inviting visitors from around the world to

have been instrumental in shaping the

experience true Chicago opulence.”

path I have taken.

EXCEPTIONAL WORK

lenges and great experiences the chang-

In 2012, Hilton Chicago’s general man-

ing face of the hospitality world has in

ager, John G. Wells, was honored with

store for me and my colleagues.”

“I look forward to all the new chal-

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