JW Marriott Chicago to complete guestroom redesign in 2020

In the heart of Chicago’s financial district, the JW Marriott Chicago is redesigning all of its 610 guestrooms (including 29 suites), hotel corridors, and the executive lounge.

The hotel, which blends modern style into the Daniel H. Burnham Continental & Commercial National Bank Building, originally opened in November 2010. JW Marriott Chicago will remain open for the duration of the renovation program, which is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2020.

The transformation, under the design of Looney & Associates, will give a nod to the property’s past. Using a luxury rail car motif, Looney & Associates’ design will utilize rectilinear lines and soft curves reminiscent of travel paths both past and present.  Layered metal finishes, plush wovens and dark wood tones will signal the richness of the Pullman era while neutrals will be accented with saturated pops of color to convey comfort. There will also be new, modern lighting that will be installed.


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Perched within the hotel’s 12th floor, the executive lounge will also get a refresh inspired by a train’s club car. It will have new floors and flexible furnishings upon completion. 

Hassan El Neklawy is the GM of JW Marriott Chicago.

Photo credit: JW Marriott Chicago