W Chicago – City Center Unveils New Designs and Renovations

  • W Chicago – City Center Unveils New Designs and Renovations

     
    POSTED April 10, 2018
     

Set in Chicago’s Financial District, W Chicago - City Center, 172 W Adams, will unveil Phase 1 of its renovation this month.

This contemporary hotel will introduce a new lobby and restaurant, and Midland Social Club, named after the building’s original use as The Midland Club.

“With this renovation we set out to disrupt the norm, while staying true to Chicago’s history,” said Brendan Tsukiyama, general manager, W Chicago - City Center. “Our twist on the narrative will provide guests with the VIP experience in Chicago, unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.”

The entry into the hotel pays homage to The Great Chicago Fire with charred wood walls, glowing sconces, and a suspended gold bucket; a nod to Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow.

The lobby adorns an up-lit infinity ceiling, reflecting the rapid growth of Chicago.

To the left of the entrance stands the check-in area, with re-designed front desks inspired by the sculptural public art of the Loop and the Millennium Park Pedestrian Bridge.

Adjacent to check-in, a two-story back bar alludes to the hotel’s history with the infamous gangster Al Capone.

The dining area of the Midland Social Club captures the character of the Chicago streets with graffiti art commissioned by local street artists.

W Chicago-City Center offers contemporary lifestyle programming for guests, including urban-inspired cuisine, a fitness facility, a business center, meeting and event spaces and a ballroom.

When the Chicago Architecture Center opens at its new home at 111 East Wacker Drive this August, the city will gain a new cultural destination—and event planners will gain a sparkling new venue to consider for events.

“The view of the river and prominent buildings at that corner is breathtaking,” says Deb Rodak, manager of group sales and business development for the 20,000-square-foot facility, situated above the dock for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

 

A Derby themed gala to commemorate Hotel Baker’s 90th anniversary was held on June 2, 2018. The invitation-only event was both a celebration an important milestone as well a tribute to the original owner Colonel Edward Baker, who opened the downtown St. Charles hotel on June 2, 1928. 

 

Food trucks may be mobile, but they aren’t going anywhere, since their popularity only seems to grow with each season. A New Jersey hotel is getting in on the fun! Along with over 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, offers the Grain & Cane “Gastro Truck” as a fun option for a mid-meeting break or post-event dining option.