Pendry Reinvigorates Historic Building on Chicago's Michigan Avenue

June 17, 2021

Stay up to date on the latest venue openings and property renovations, including these found in Mid-America.


Set to open late spring 2021 in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood, the Pendry Chicago will bring renovation and reinvigoration to the Carbide & Carbon Building, an Art Deco landmark in the city. The 364-room hotel will feature contemporary guest rooms, as well as thoughtfully designed public spaces by Alessandro Munge’s Studio Munge. Special attention will be paid to the historic features of the building. 

Pendry Chicago’s signature restaurant and bar, Venteux, will be overseen by hospitality and nightlife pioneer Andy Masi and his Clique Hospitality Group. The property will also offer a lobby bar and lounge, a rooftop lounge, 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space, fitness and wellness programming and an extensive art collection. 

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AC Hotel Downtown Columbus
Credit: AC Hotel Columbus Downtown

Slated to open its doors in June, AC Hotel Columbus Downtown is primely located between the city’s business district, Arena District and Short North Arts District. The property, a part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio, was developed by Continental Hospitality and is managed Concord Hospitality. 

The 160-room hotel features a lobby with curated artwork and 2,400 square of private event space with floor-to-ceiling windows for skyline views. The hotel also offers European-inspired breakfasts at the hotel’s signature AC Kitchen. The AC Lounge by Lumin SkyBar doubled as a communal space by day and a social hub by night. The rooftop restaurant overlooks Park Street for scenic views and serves up Spanish-inspired tapas, local craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails. 

The hotel offers easy access to the Nationwide Arena, the Columbus Crew Stadium and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. It’s also a 10-minute drive from John Glenn International Airport. 


GLo Enid Oklahoma
Credit: GLō Enid OK Downtown/Convention Center Hotel

Best Western Hotels & Resorts and its GLō brand continues to provide boutique offerings to the state of Oklahoma with the addition of the new-construction GLō Enid OK Downtown/Convention Center Hotel in Enid, Oklahoma. 

The property features 96 guest rooms, each with an in-room workstation and bath amenities. The new GLō hotel will offer complimentary hot breakfast, a fitness center, indoor pool and a lobby bar serving up local favorites. There’s also a business center with complimentary services as well as a boardroom, ideal for hosting small meetings or for working while on the road. 

Guests staying at the hotel are within walking distance to the city’s convention and game center, Stride Bank Center and minutes from the David Allen Memorial Ballpark and Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. 

A Major Renovation Gets Underway in Indianapolis 

Westin Indianapolis
Credit: Westin Indianapolis

Located in the heart of downtown, the 575-room Westin Indianapolis is currently undergoing a massive, property-wide renovation to transform the hotel’s public spaces and meeting venues, as well redesign all guest rooms and debut new dining options.  

This major renovation will be unveiled in three phases, with the first phase to be completed early this summer, the second in September and the third in December. 

The renovation begins with a fully lobby redesign, an overhaul of the property’s 39,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and the addition Ten Hands Social Bar & Eatery, which is set to open early this summer in time for the annual Indy 500. Designed by C+TC Design Studio, the renovations will pay homage to Indianapolis as “the crossroads of America.” 

The carpet and lighting of the upgraded meeting spaces will showcase intersecting lines to portray Indianapolis’ White River flowing through the downtown cityscape and black metal embellishments to represent railroad tracks that converged in Indianapolis at the first Union Station.  

In September, the hotel, which is connected to the Indiana Convention Center by skywalk, will also unveil a brand-new, 3,500-square-foot event space called Capitol Overlook, located on the second level and offering unparalleled views of the Indiana State Capitol.  

By the end of 2021, the renovation of the 15-story hotel will be complete with a full renovation of all guest rooms. 

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Sarah Kloepple joined Stamats as a staff writer in August 2018. Previously, she's written and edited for numerous publications in St. Louis.