It's official: Chicago's new Virgin Hotel will be opening this December. The opening of the new boutique hotel coming to the Old Dearborn Bank Building has been delayed a number of times, but now the company, headed up by modern day renaissance man Sir Richard Branson, has released new promotional material that indicates that the hotel will actually be opening this year. Renovation of the landmark Rapp and Rapp designed building began in May 2012, and initially, was due to open late last year. The hotel will contain 250 guest rooms, two "rock star" suites, an underground spa and a rooftop bar and lounge. There has been a lot of speculation about what the hotel will eventually look like, as the company has been very quiet about the project. To touch on the speculative nature of the project, Virgin has launched a new website that features a video of Branson reading off a list of supposed wild rumors about the hotel. The video also features Jonathan Goldsmith, who appears as Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World character. What we do know is that Virgin reps have previously stated that the company intends to preserve the art deco skyscraper's historic facade and interior aesthetics. At this point, we'll have to wait a few more months to get a sneak peek of the inside of the highly-hyped Virgin Hotel.
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