Lakhani Hospitality celebrated its 15th anniversary with a $10 million renovation of Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore. The family-owned company, which started in 2002 with the Holiday Inn Skokie, is now comprised of five Chicagoland hotel companies, totaling close to 1,000 guest rooms. Lakhani Hospitality also operates five gasoline service stations, three full-service Bar Louie Restaurants and nearly 35,000 square feet of meeting and function space.
"Besides renewing our license agreement for 15 years, Lakhani Hospitality wanted to bring a new, contemporary look and feel to our brides, grooms and social event planners in a highly competitive market," says Sheila Lakhani Gilani, COO of Lakhani Hospitality.
Its renovations of Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore included an overhaul of the hotel's 15,000 square feet of flexible banquet and meeting space and a complete revamp of the 250 guest rooms, lobby, indoor pool and public spaces.
"Lakhani Hospitality is excited to continue its growth and has two exciting projects in the pipeline, a 100-room Avid Hotel (an IHG property) at Chicago O'Hare Airport, and a Tru Hotel, the company’s first Hilton branded hotel property, which will develop on Chicago’s North Shore market," Lakhani says.
Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore offers 15,000 square feet of pillarless event space, customizable menus, and a banquet and conference center that can be divided into eight separate meeting spaces, which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. This space, which includes a state-of-the-art sound system, is the largest ballroom and event space on the North Shore, Lakhani notes.