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What to do on Wabash Avenue

Between State Street and Michigan Avenue you can find a street full of restaurants and bars, places to stay, and places to shop. Check out everything Wabash Avenue has to offer!


Dean Lane Receives IHLA Award

Dean Lane, General Manager of Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, was recently honored as a 2016 Ambassador of Hospitality by the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA).  This was not Lane’s first recognition in the industry. He was honored with the 2015 Historic Hotelier of the Year Award by Historic Hotels of America and named Regional Hotelier of the Year in 2013 by IHLA.


Celebrate National Wedding Month in the Loop!

February is national wedding month! Whether you are looking for the perfect wedding dress or venue the Loop is a great place to plan and celebrate your big day.


The Ultimate Guide to Chicago Restaurant Week in the Loop!

Get ready for 14 belt-busting days! The ninth annual Chicago Restaurant Week kicks-off today and continues through February 4, 2016. This year’s culinary celebration is bigger and better than ever, featuring over 350 restaurants throughout Chicago.  Enjoy special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner.


Then and Now: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

In our latest Then & Now post we take a look at the history of the Chicago Athletic Association and its journey to becoming a hotel.


Virgin Hotel opens its doors in the Loop

Location: Virgin Hotels Chicago

The world's first Virgin Hotel opened its doors on January 15 in the Old Dearborn Bank building at 203 N. Wabash Ave. The 26-story Art Deco building, a Chicago landmark, includes 250 guest rooms, 40 one-bedroom suites and two penthouse suites.


88-story Wanda Vista hotel and residence planned for Lakeshore East

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today presided over the signing of an architect agreement between Beijing-based Wanda Group and Magellan Development Group to build an 88-story mixed-use hotel, condominium and retail building at the edge of the Loop in the Lakeshore East area. This marks one of the final steps to bringing the $900 million Wanda Vista project to Chicago, and adds another important milestone to the Loop's rapid growth as a residential neighborhood.


How theWit Hotel Transformed State Street Nightlife – ABC-7

Sporting a bold exterior and an even bolder ROOFtop party, theWit Hotel and has become the face of nightlife in the Loop since its opening in 2009.


Hard Rock Hotel Chicago hosting donor drive for manager Carlyle Robinson

Location: Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is partnering with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS to host the property’s first-ever bone marrow drive on Friday, February 7, 2014. The drive will be held for the property’s Hotel Manager, Carlyle Robinson, who has recently been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. According to Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, the best chance of finding a genetic match lies with those of a similar racial or ethnic background. Just 30 percent of listed donors are members of ethnic minorities, and of that percentage, African Americans only make up seven percent.


Dean Lane Named Hotelier of the Year

Dean Lane, General Manager of the Palmer House Hilton, was named the 2013 “Hotelier of the Year” at the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry event.


Another hotel development planned for the Loop

A Hyatt hotel is coming to the heart of Chicago's central business district under plans revealed today by Crain's Chicago Business.

The redevelopment of the existing vintage office building at 100 W. Monroe St. will convert the 22-story Loop office tower into a hotel with more than 250 rooms, a restaurant and bar, and meeting space.

This marks the third major hotel development project planned or currently underway in the Loop, with the city's first Virgin Hotel and the recently-announced Hotel Indigo expected in late 2013 and early 2014, respectively.


Hotel Indigo, celebrity chef coming to the Loop

Crain's Chicago Business is reporting on a major hotel and restaurant coming to the Loop.

Under plans unveiled today, Hotel Indigo–the boutique brand of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC–plans to occupy the long-vacant building located at 168 N. Michigan Ave following a $30 million redevelopment of that structure. Four stories will be added to the 12-story tower, which will also be topped with a 5,000 square-foot rooftop bar.

Sources also suggest that celebrity chef David Burke will open his second Chicago restaurant in the basement and ground level of the hotel, with a yet-to-be-selected operator for the rooftop bar.

The hotel and restaurant will open by early 2014.

This marks the second new hotel concept coming to the East Loop in the next year. British-baesd Virgin announced plans in 2011 to open its first hotel in the Old Dearborn Bank Building at 203 N. Wabash Ave.


Congress Plaza Hotel sold, residential conversion planned

According to Crain's Chicago Business, The Congress Plaza Hotel, a massive structure at Michigan and Congress, is under new ownership. A joint venture of New York investors will snap up the property for $275 million, or about $315 per key, Crain's reports.

Some of the 871 rooms will remain as guestrooms, but a portion of the property is set to be converted to condominiums. Residential development -- both new construction and adaptive reuse -- has been steady in the central business district. A study commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance notes a 196% rise in Loop households between 2000 and 2010; in 2010, more than 20,000 residents lived in the Loop proper, and nearly 30,000 residents in the central business district.

Condos at The Congress Plaza will join a number of notable condo conversions in the district, including its Michigan Avenue neighbor Metropolitan Tower and the recently delivered Randloph Towers.