Essex Hotel Owner, an Oxford Capital Group-led venture with Quadrum Global, has announced the acquisition of Chicago's Essex Inn-Michigan Avenue at 800 South Michigan Avenue. In the coming year, the venture will unveil plans to invest in and transform the property into an upscale lifestyle hotel.
This will be Oxford's 11th hotel investment in the Chicago market and Quadrum's second investment with Oxford in Chicago, the first being the Godfrey Chicago.
"We are strong believers in Chicago and the continued attractiveness of Michigan Avenue real estate. We are also excited about the renewed and growing momentum of the burgeoning South Loop. We look forward to transforming this already distinctive asset," said John W. Rutledge, founder, president and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, the Chicago-based owner, developer, sponsor and manager.
Essex Hotel Manager, owned by Oxford Capital, has taken over management.
Commenting on the acquisition, Quadrum's founder and CEO Oleg Pavlov, said: "This is yet another joint project with Oxford Capital. Capitalizing on our partners' impressive track record in urban hospitality, we look forward to breathing a new life into Essex Inn and making it one of the new destinations in the city."
The hotel currently features 254 guestrooms including 23 suites, an all-season rooftop pool, fitness center, dry sauna, garden deck, an array of meeting rooms and boardrooms, a parking garage, as well as a full service restaurant with bar on the ground floor.