In Skokie, Ill., the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore has completed a $10 million renovation project. The property-wide transformation included an overhaul of the hotel’s 15,000 square feet of meeting space (the property has the largest ballroom and event space on the North Shore), in addition to a complete revamp of the 250 guestrooms, lobby, indoor pool and public spaces.
Involved in the renovation were Nova Design Build, an architectural firm out of Northbrook, Ill. run by Himanshu Modi and Nishant Modi; and B Modi Design, a branding, graphic design and custom artwork company owned by Brinda Modi.
With the redesign, the 15,000 square feet of pillarless event and meeting space can now be divided into eight separate meeting spaces and can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. There are custom-designed crystal chandeliers sitting atop 14-foot high domes enhanced by new cove lighting in a color palette that can be customized for any event. A new sound system was also installed and is similarly customizable for any event.
The 250 guestrooms were upgraded using Holiday Inn’s new H4 design concept. Forty brand new studio suites were added, all with amenities including roller blackout shades, mobile table and task chair and a welcome nook. The color palette used included earth tones, with textiles adding contrasts throughout the property. Chicago-themed artworks are also now on display throughout the hotel.
Originally built as a Holiday Inn in the 1960s, the property underwent multiple facelifts over the years. In 2004, the Lakhani family, also residents of Skokie, purchased the building and the neighboring 80,000 square foot Edens Tennis Club, shortly after. In 2007, the Skokie Banquet and Conference Center was built, adding 11,000 square feet of meeting space to the Holiday Inn North Shore.
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