Chicago's Hotel Burnham sold, renamed

A historic Chicago hotel is getting a new name following an acquisition at the hands of Pineapple Hospitality Co. The Hotel Burnham, which was named after famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, is being re-christened The Alise Chicago after Pineapple purchased the property from Kimpton Hotels.

The hotel was the recipient of a renovation last year at the hands of Kimpton, and Pineapple spokeswoman Trisha Clayton said in a statement that the company plans on engaging with historical and architecture tours to take advantage of the history of the Reliance Building, host to what is now the Alise. The 14-story building was completed in 1895, and is considered a prototype to what is considered today the standard of a modern skyscraper. The property was renovated to accommodate the Hotel Burnham after a developer acquired the building in 1998.

As part of the acquisition, all of Hotel Burnham's employees have been re-hired, and the property's restaurant, Atwood, will also remain. The previous hotel's legacy will also be upheld in the Alise's meeting room, which will be renamed "The Burnham Room."

This will be the second Alise property from Pineapple, which opened a San Francisco property in September in what was then the Hotel Grace. New signage is currently being made for the Chicago property. Alise hotels offer amenities such as free bike rentals and dog-friendly accommodations.