What's New in Chicago for 2019: Hotel and Event Venue Highlights

21C Museum Hotel Chicago, set to open in fall 2019, is a combination 297-room boutique hotel, multivenue contemporary art museum and independently branded, chef-driven restaurant in downtown Chicago.

Building on the founders’ mission to bring contemporary art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programing that integrates art into daily life, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago will feature over 10,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space showcasing rotating curated exhibitions, interactive site-specific art installations and a roster of cultural programming based on collaborations with local and national arts organizations.

Welcoming local residents and visitors alike, the museum will be open free of charge to the public, 365 days a year. The property will also feature a unique, chef-driven food and beverage concept, full service spa, business center and fitness center.

The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Chicago—Magnificent Mile is undergoing a renovation that is slated to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019. The project includes redesigned guest rooms, a new open-concept lobby, an upscale lobby bar and restaurant, Hot House, and the new Made Market for grab-and-go items.

Chicago’s Essex Inn, which first opened in 1961, will reopen this spring as Hotel Essex Chicago after a $240 million restoration. The luxury lifestyle hotel is part of a unique, mixed-use complex in Chicago’s eclectic South Loop neighborhood, capturing the spirit and diversity of the burgeoning community with the energetic vibe created by its nightlife venue S|X.

The Hoxton, Chicago will be located in the city’s West Loop/Fulton Market area, a dynamic neighborhood that is home to the city’s exciting food and drink scene. Set in a newly built property on a site once occupied by an auto mechanic and meatpacker, The Hoxton, Chicago will be the brand’s seventh property and the third hotel in the United States.

The 182 bedrooms, designed by Ennismore Design Studio, draw reference from the area’s industrial past with concrete ceilings and warehouse-style windows, while mid-century furniture gives a homey vibe, alongside custom-designed rugs and locally-sourced artwork. The lively communal areas will offer comfortable seating and a welcoming open-door policy, with food and drink available all day. The hotel is slated to open this spring.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is transforming Chicago’s old Cook County Hospital into a dual-branded Hyatt House Hotel/Hyatt Place, accompanied by medical office space and retail. The 14-story, 167,000-square-foot, 200-room development will be the first hotel in the Fulton Market district to cater to extended-stay corporate travelers. Amenities will include an indoor pool, green roof, fitness center, bar and lounge. The hotels are slated to open in 2019 and 2020.

The Reserve Hotel, a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is a 234-room luxury hotel occupying the top five floors of a historic landmark building. The Reserve Hotel began construction in late 2018 and is expected to open in late 2020. With its location in a historic office building in the heart of Chicago’s financial district and next door to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the design, finish and artwork throughout The Reserve Hotel will reflect the building’s history and the story of the LaSalle Street financial district.

Tapestry Collection by Hilton welcomed its first property in Illinois in November 2018 with the opening of The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. The newly-built hotel is operated by Chicago-based Janko Hospitality. Designed by The Gettys Group, The Rose Hotel is a 165-room property that incorporates art-inspired elements, coupled with a contemporary design and unique features. The lobby encompasses a zebra wall that is 44 feet long and over 11 feet high, as well as two abstract wallcoverings featuring the Chicago skyline leading to eight, modern meeting and event spaces, each named after roses, totaling 6,000 square feet.