Oakbrook Center

Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center Appoints General Manager

Paul E. Cardona has been appointed the new general manager of Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center. He brings more than 22 years of hotel experience to his latest position.

“Paul’s experience working with luxury, world-class brands, such as the Four Seasons and Park Hyatt Chicago,” says Paul Wischermann, president and CEO, Wischermann Partners, Inc. “Makes him the perfect addition to our Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center team and has further solidified the hotel as one of the best in the Chicagoland area.”

Magical Things Happen in the Oak Brook/Lombard Corridor

Built in 1962, the historic Drake Hotel in Oak Brook served as a game changer for the western suburbs of Chicago. It was the suburban counterpart to the iconic and lavish Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and proved that the suburbs could be ultra-cool too. ¶ That is, until the doors closed in 2009.

Known in later years as the Wyndham Drake, the hotel sat empty for years as the sounds of every party, every meeting and every celebration once held inside its doors echoed within the now shuttered halls.

Le Méridien Celebrated Opening of First Oakbrook Hotel

THE VACATED RENAISSANCE HOTEL had spent the past three years empty, abandoned and looking completely out of place within the thriving Oakbrook Center, a high-end shopping district located just west of Chicago. That is, until Paris-born hotel Le Méridien moved in.

Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center Opened

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. recently announced the opening of the 172-room Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center. Managed by Wischermann Partners Inc. and located in Western Chicago’s Oak Brook area, the hotel offers convenient travel time to upscale shopping and dining options, as well as Fortune 500 business headquarters. 

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