The Gettys Group shifts to second stage of Renaissance Chicago update

Located on the banks of the Chicago River, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel completed renovations to the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel's guestrooms, suites and lobby area, and The Gettys Group team us now shifting its focus to the hotel's third floor new ballroom and destination rooftop bar and lounge, scheduled to be completed in spring 2016.

Designed by Chicago-based The Gettys Group, the 560-room hotel recently unveiled its $27-million lobby and guestroom transformation. The firm was brought into the project to leverage its past knowledge of the property and re-imagine the guest experience, while at the same time incorporating the enhanced Renaissance brand pillars. 

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is owned by Carey Watermark Investors (CWI). The Gettys Group worked with CWI's CEO and director Michael Medzigian, and SVP George Gudgeon, alongside the Renaissance brand's team.

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The new Renaissance Chicago design vision focuses on millennials and hotel guest's desire to stay connected. "Pockets" welcome exploration and discovery, including the VIP Club Lounge, Artist Studio, Staytion, Coffee Bar and Library. Context-inspired details, such as the "hidden" Y elements and the bar caricatures and ceiling names, create interaction with the environment.

Art played a major role in the lobby's design, with transportation as the central theme. CTA bus-inspired windows from the early 1950s serve as a gateway into the chef's display kitchen at Staytion; wallpaper and elevator lobby artwork illustrate the Chicago "L" map; life-size photos and sculptures boast embedded elements allowing people to become a physical part of the artwork themselves; and a multi-dimensional mural of pencils depicting a city cab. Each lobby pillar has a different part of a city train, which blend together to form one single image from certain perspectives.

The renovations to the 520 guestrooms and 40 suites accommodate the travel habits of millennial business travelers. The guestroom design has a palette of greys and tan tones, with accents of blue and yellows. The rooms were updated with new sectional sofa lounging areas and illuminated bathrooms. Each guestroom also incorporates a collage artwork and small sculptures that render distinct elements of Chicago city life. In the hotel’s suites, the team revamped the original layout to incorporate zones that accommodate various activities like lounging, working, and dining. The team added signature features like round pool tables to create a more residential feel.

The Gettys Group is a global design firm with service offerings including: interior design, procurement, branding and consulting.