Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel starts Phase II of renovation

Located on the banks of the Chicago River, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel at 1 West Wacker Drive started the second phase of renovations set to be completed by March 2016. Phase II will include the addition of a brand new ballroom with views of the Chicago River, an additional 4,000 square feet of meeting space, and introducing one of Chicago's newest bars with city views.

The $8-million renovation is part of the Renaissance Hotel brand's investment in the Windy City.

Upon completion, Renaissance's new terrace bar will be located on the third floor of the hotel. There will be fire pits and authentic design features including glass, iron, greenery and reclaimed wood elements. It will seat 160 guests. The terrace bar will also have 14 taps. The bar's additional event space, Urban Blue, allows for private events.

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The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel will also have a new space for events. The 3,000-square-foot Looking Glass Ballroom will have floor-to-ceiling windows to offer views of Chicago's cityscape.

The Renaissance Chicago Downtown is also refreshing the junior ballroom space, Cloud Gate Ballroom, increasing the space from 4,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet. As a continuation of the art design on the first floor, the third floor breakout rooms will be renamed Adler, Lyric and Improv, all paying homage to historical landmarks and art in Chicago.

The property completed Phase I in April, with the unveiling of the $24-million lobby and guestroom transformation. 

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