• Lakhani Hospitality Celebrates 15th Anniversary with $10 Million Renovation Project

     
    POSTED May 20, 2019
     
  • Lakhani Hospitality Celebrates 15th Anniversary with $10 Million Renovation Project

     
    POSTED May 20, 2019
     
  • Lakhani Hospitality Celebrates 15th Anniversary with $10 Million Renovation Project

     
    POSTED May 20, 2019
     
  • Lakhani Hospitality Celebrates 15th Anniversary with $10 Million Renovation Project

     
    POSTED May 20, 2019
     

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.

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.