The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is undertaking a property-wide makeover currently in progress. At the helm of the update will be Steven Ellingsen, who has been appointed GM of the retreat located 30 minutes west of downtown Chicago. In addition to overseeing all operations at the 386-room hotel, Ellingsen is also overseeing the opening of the hotel's updated public space, including its new restaurant concept, this spring.
“Oak Brook Hills Resort has all the memorable elements a guest desires and expects,” said Ellingsen. “Our team is committed to becoming the leading Midwest resort and conference center for leisure and business travel, as well as world-class events. Whether you’re here to experience our 18-hole championship golf course or attend a meeting-event in the 42,000 square feet of IACC certified meeting space, we are a destination that will exceed all expectations.”
Taking on his sixth role as GM, Ellingsen is focused on renewing the tradition and history of the Oak Brook Hills Resort. The Emerson College alum began his hospitality career over 20 years ago with The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company before pursuing many opportunities around the country. By the time he was in his mid-30’s, Ellingsen received his first GM role.
“We are excited for Steven to lead our team through the next big chapter at Oak Brook Hills,” said Graham Hershman, COO of Portfolio Hotels & Resorts. “His passion for service excellence and his innovative approach have delivered impressive results at every stage of his career. With Steven’s creative mind and competitive energy now at the wheel, this hotel’s future looks brighter than ever.”
The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is presently half-way through the second phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation. Spearheaded by architectural firm O’Kelly + Kasprak, the new design inspiration is motivated by the Midwest region and the mid-20th century. Completed phase one highlights include a new executive lounge and golf simulator room, refreshed meeting space and ballroom, and a refurbished indoor swimming pool and fitness center. Phase two renovations, which are expected to be completed by the end of spring 2016, involve the complete reconstruction of all main floor public spaces, including the lobby, café and signature restaurant (re-launching as a brand new hyperlocal concept). The resort has and will remain open and operational during all renovation periods.