Public Chicago, the much-anticipated boutique property from Ian Schrager, opened last October in the former Ambassador East Hotel. The 285-room hotel offers 8,600 square feet of meeting space, including a 17th-floor room with an expansive terrace.
Last November saw the opening of the 334-room Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. The downtown property has more than 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including 13 configurable meeting rooms and an additional 7,000 square feet of outdoor space.
The 184-room Hotel Lincoln opened in May in the lush Lincoln Park district. The Joie de Vivre property features 1,000 square feet of meeting space, including a rooftop bar with a terrace that can hold up to 175 people.
Several downtown hotels are adding capacity and upgrading. Perhaps most notable, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place has broken ground on an expansion project that would add a hefty 461 rooms to its current 800. The work is expected to be completed by June 2013.
In more expansion news, the 185-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott expects to unveil 181 new rooms in December 2013, while the 274-room Aloft Chicago City Center is planning a 274-room expansion, to finish in 2014.
Properties include the 2,019-room Hyatt Regency Chicago, 1,543-room Hilton Chicago, 1,214-room Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 1,198-room Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 800-room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place-Chicago, 687-room Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park and 661-room Swissotel Chicago.
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McCormick Place; exhibit space, 2.6 million square feet; meeting rooms, 170; (312) 791-7000
Navy Pier; exhibit space, 170,100 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 36; (312) 595-7434
In Rosemont: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 840,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 50; (847) 692-2220
Room tax, 16.39%; sales tax, 9.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 16.39%
Downtown, the new 63-room Ivy Boutique Hotel features 3,100 square feet of event space, including a 15th-floor ballroom with 14-foot-high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, a bamboo floor and oversize windows allowing spectacular views. (312) 335-5444
In nearby Rosemont, the 4,400-seat Akoo Theatre creates a warm reception with an elegant, mahogany-trimmed lobby, in addition to providing state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment. Full-service catering is available. (847) 671-5100
The Allstate Arena, also in Rosemont, is one of the largest indoor event facilities in the area, offering seating for 18,500, a 12,500-square-foot ballroom and six additional breakout rooms. (847) 635-6601
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