Chicago Marriott's upgrade emphasizes local style

The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile has completed its multi-million dollar meeting-and-event-space renovation that launched in December 2017. The hotel updated approximately 65,000 square feet of event space.

The revamped spaces were inspired by architectural elements found throughout Chicago, including integrated pattern-cut metal gabion screens and visible recycled brick that are interconnected with a four-story open escalator in the atrium. Cosmetic modernization includes custom Axminster carpet, wall finishes, air wall refurbishment, lighting, and furniture designed with rustic metal, wood finishes, refined glass and stone accents.

“The goal of the project was to take Chicago’s best-located convention hotel and modernize its meeting and social spaces,” director of marketing Adam P. Korchek said in a statement. “The space redesign and capital investment will provide an elevated hotel experience while providing versatility to a wide range of corporate, association and social clientele.”

The design was inspired by the concept of Chicago as “City in a Garden” by Chicago-based Zimmerman Weintraub Associates, which drew upon the history of the city as a hub of architecture, city planning, and transportation. 

“Our ultimate goal was to create a dynamic space that delights guests with unexpected details and features,” said Tim Freeman, senior designer and hospitality team lead said. “By combining structured and organic elements with man-made and natural materials, we feel we have created a perfect balance which truly embodies Chicago as the city in a garden.”

The hotel also completed renovations to its 1,200 guestrooms and suites.

Later this year, the hotel will begin a complete renovation to the lobby and bar which will be unveiled in early 2019.

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