The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is undertaking a renovation of the historic hotel's guestrooms. Starting in January 2013, the renovation of 477 guestrooms and corridors is underway. The project is slated for completion this March 2013, and includes a $12-million investment.
Led by Simeone Deary Design Group, the interior design of the renovated space will be designed to reflect the history of the hotel. The property is the only hotel with a front entrance on the avenue, which served as inspiration, influencing the overall look and feel of the design.
The updated design strikes a balance between the old and the new by reflecting the original design of the building while complementing the historical references with contemporary refinement. Built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club, the hotel's property was restored to its original appearance, with many sections of the historical property integrated as part of the building's architecture.
The updated design features include: an color palette of green and chartreuse, integrated with deep textures and patterns with a modern touch, reflecting upon Michigan Avenue as Chicago's fashion center; a metal grillwork found in the lobby and porte cochere with an abstract pattern, repeating in varying scales through the custom designed draperies, signage, corridor lighting and carpet; and the use of finishes, textures and fabric selections that enhance the rooms' space and details.
The property also uses fashion elements inspired by the hotel's location while making use of upholstered headboards with channel stitching reminiscent of the lobby intricacies alongside providing photographs of streetscapes in each guestroom.
Numerous materials and furnishings incorporated in to each room are sourced locally, including drapery from Union, Ill., headboards from Jasper, Ind., and signage from McCook, Ill.
As the first Chicago hotel to receive an ENERGY STAR rating, as well as a silver certification from Green Seal and StayGreen recognition from the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, the hotel emphasized local sourcing to sustain its commitment to "green" performance. Additional eco-focused initiatives include the use of innovative, energy-conserving technology, eco-friendly beauty products and a recycling program.