Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel completes $27M renovation

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel unveiled its $27-million lobby and guestroom transformation.

Upon arrival, guests will find at the property’s lobby such features as the VIP Club Lounge, Artist Studio, Staytion, Coffee Bar and Library. Indigenous touch points are infused into the design to include the character of Chicago, such as the "Y", a historically significant symbol to native Chicagoans.

The design includes CTA bus-inspired windows from the early 1900s 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; and a multi-dimensional mural of pencils depicting a city cab. The lobby pillars have different parts of a taxi cab, which blend together harmoniously to form one single image from certain perspectives.

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Located in the middle of the lobby is the Navigator, a modern twist on the traditional concierge.

All the 520 guestrooms and 40 suites received new soft and select case goods, with brand new tile floors in the guest bathrooms. The suites were renovated, and now offer unique amenities with marble accents and views of downtown Chicago.

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is located at 1 West Wacker Drive. Situated on the north edge of the Loop, this hotel is near the city's shopping venues, restaurants and cultural attractions including Millennium Park. 

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