by Michael J. Shapiro | May 01, 2018
CHICAGO


Local Update

 The W Chicago City Center, a 403-room property in the Loop Financial District, recently debuted the first phase of a major makeover. The vaulted Beaux Arts-style lobby has been revamped to better showcase the building's 1928 roots and original design, and a new on-site restaurant, Midland Social Club, pays homage to one of the property's prior incarnations as the Midland Club, a private gentleman's club. It's all infused with modern Chicago touches, such as work from local graffiti artists. A second-floor seating area offers views of the entryway and spaces below.

 The Wheelhouse, a 21-room boutique hotel, is on the verge of opening just down the street from storied Wrigley Field. The ultra-hip lodging will offer features such as a rooftop deck for private events,  a basement cocktail bar and the Union Full Board pizzeria.

 What's billed as the largest Marriott hotel to open in all of North America last year, the 1,205-room Marriott Marquis Chicago debuted last September in McCormick Square. This mammoth property rises for 40 stories and is directly connected to McCormick Place and adjacent to the recently opened 10,000-seat Wintrust Arena. The hotel has approximately 93,000 square feet of high-tech meeting space, including two 25,000-square-foot ballrooms and a clutch of breakout rooms totaling 43,000 square feet.

 In the West Loop, the 159-room Ace Hotel Chicago opened for business last August. The lifestyle property is in a repurposed historic building, with the original Fulton Market landmark cheese-factory facade preserved on one side. The property's signature bar, Waydown, has a rooftop lounge on the seventh floor offering views of the downtown skyline. The Ace has 7,760 square feet of meeting and event space, including the 2,876-square-foot Prairie, a rooftop garden terrace.

Meeting Hotels:
 Among Chicago's largest meetings properties are the 2,019-room Hyatt Regency Chicago; 1,639-room Palmer House Hilton; 1,544-room Hilton Chicago; 1,258-room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place; 1,218-room Sheraton Grand Chicago; 1,205-room Marriott Marquis Chicago; 1,198-room Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile; 1,096-room Hyatt Regency O'Hare; 871-room Congress Plaza Hotel; 860-room Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport; 792-room InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile; 752-room Westin Michigan Avenue; 687-room Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park; 661-room Swissotel Chicago; 610-room JW Marriott Chicago; 560-room Renaissance Chicago Downtown; 556-room Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel; 535-room Drake Hotel; 520-room W Chicago Lakeshore; 503-room Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center; 500-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile; 483-room Allegro Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, and 452-room LondonHouse Chicago.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: McCormick Place; exhibit space, approximately 2.6 million square feet; meeting space, 600,000 square feet; total number of meeting rooms, 173; (312) 791-7000

Taxes: Room tax, 17.4%; sales tax, 10.25%; total tax on hotel rooms, 17.4%

Group Venue: The spy-themed SafeHouse restaurant and bar has a secret entrance and requires a password to get in. The inside touches are likewise kitschy and fun, from moving walls and mysteriously sinking stools to bathroom alarms and interactive "missions." Plus, the place has the best burger in town, according to Chicago Magazine. The atmosphere is kid-friendly during daylight hours and transitions to a bar scene at night. Meeting and event space is available from 11 a.m.--2 a.m. (312) 313-1007 

Contact: Choose Chicago, (312) 567-8486