One of the more interesting development trends of the last few years has been the rehabilitation and conversion of historic and often landmarked office buildings into boutique hotels. Included in the list of historic buildings getting makeovers was the Old Dearborn Bank Building's conversion into a just-opened Virgin Hotel, which is just around the corner from the Chicago Motor Club Building which is currently in the home stretch of its conversion into an upscale Hampton Inn. The new hotel will feature 143 guest rooms and a roaring-'20s themed cocktail bar. Today, Hampton Inn and the management team behind this new location has announced that the hotel will have its grand opening in June of this year. Completed in 1928, the building is a city landmark and a treasure trove of forgotten Art Deco design elements that the restoration team has been trying to return to its original state, including a 29 foot mural in the grand lobby featuring a map of the United States with popular driving destinations highlighted by the building's original tenants, the Chicago Motor Club, who worked to promote new-fangled automobiles as a safe and affordable way to travel.
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