A dual-branded Hilton development in Chicago's Central Loop will begin operating in early October, according to the hospitality company. The 135-room Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Central Loop is now accepting reservations for stays beginning Oct. 8, and the adjacent, 215-room Canopy by Hilton is scheduled to open by Jan. 28, 2022.
The new complex is in the city's financial district, across from the Willis Tower — and on the site of a 117-year-old revival-style, landmarked building that once was the home of the Chicago and North Western Railway. There will be two small event spaces at the complex — a 624-square-foot room at the Hilton Garden Inn and a 675-square-foot meeting room at the Canopy — as well as an outdoor terrace space shared between the two.
Each property will have a restaurant, with Garden Central featured at the Hilton Garden Inn and Depot 226 on-site at the Canopy. The latter will be an all-day bistro, market and coffee shop in a stylish, retro space on the ground level that looks out onto West Jackson Boulevard. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night drinks will all be served at Depot 226.
The properties will share a fitness center and a business center.
Chicago-area native Neil DeGuia has been tapped to serve as the general manager and "chief enthusiast" of the complex. The charismatic DeGuia, who toured as the drummer for the band Everybody Uh-Oh, has been nominated three times for Aimbridge Hospitality's GM of the Year. He previously managed the Hyatt Regency Deerfield, Embassy Suites Chicago Lombard Oak Brook and Aloft Chicago O'Hare.
“This project both celebrates Chicago’s rich history and promises a thriving Chicago hospitality scene, and I could not be more honored to be involved in such a momentous opening,” said DeGuia. “Each and every day, our team will work diligently to foster an experience that is inviting and memorable in every way. I look forward to the connections we will make both in our neighborhood and beyond for years to come, in an effort to continuously create an enriching experience that touches many.”