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Here's What The Chicago Hotel Boom Looks Like Right Now

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2013 was a huge year for Chicago hotels. Guests occupied 6.303 million rooms last year generating $1.18 billion for the hotel industry in the Windy City, smashing all previous records. Rahm feels positive about the prospects for Chicago's tourism industry in the next couple of years and has announced efforts to make the city even more attractive to tourists.

Exciting news right? This year is already shaping up to become a boom for hotel projects in the city feeding Chicago's addiction to shiny new hotel rooms. Big openings for this year include the Virgin Hotel and Soho House. Some have asked, can Chicago sustain all of these projects? Whether another project pops up or or one gets axed, we will keep our dear readers up to date on the latest. With the Godfrey Hotel and Kinzie Hotel opening in the next week, and many more on the way, we will continue following the hotel boom. So Take a peek at our updated map with all new projects and not-yet-open hotels, and if there are any we missed, tip us off.


· Mapping Chicago's Hotel Boom: Openings in 2014 and Beyond [Curbed Chicago]
· Mayor Emanuel and Choose Chicago Announce Record Hotel Performance for 2013 [City of Chicago]
· Previous Hotel Boom Town [Curbed Chicago]

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1. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

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127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 649-2000
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This year's first big opening is a striking Cubist-inspired marvel which spent 2008-2012 dubbed "The Mummy of River North" while construction was stalled. At long last it will open February 1 2014; it was designed by Valerio Dewalt Train architects.

2. Kinzie Hotel

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20 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 395-9000
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The former Amalfi Hotel is getting an aesthetic overhaul and will reopen as the Kinzie on February 4th. It may not add rooms to the construction boom, but it ups the game.

3. Hotel Indigo Chicago-Millennium Park

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168 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

The Atlantic Bank Building got a $20M renovation to become the new Hotel Indigo Chicago-Millenium Park, which opens in spring 2014. The 101-year-old building first opened as the Federal Life Building; four floors were added for the Indigo, bringing it up to 16 stories.

4. Soho House Chicago

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125 North Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607

The 1907 Chicago Belting Factory will be reborn as the third Soho House Hotel in the US. The 35-room boutique's amenities include a 12,000-square-foot gym and full-size pool, 40-seat screening room, glass-enclosed rooftop bar and courtyard, and three eateries. It is expected to open in August 2014.

5. Virgin Hotel

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203 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

Sir Richard Branson's new hotel is being built out in the former Dearborn Bank Building, built in 1928. We're told that they will restore and recreate significant historic and architectural elements of the 27-story building.

6. McCormick Place Marriott Marquis

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South Indiana Avenue & East Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616

Designed by Gensler, This 1,200-room convention hotel won't open until late 2016, but the renderings are out and it is predicted to be a whopping 50 stories.

7. Loews Hotel Chicago

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435 North Park Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

There is a new 52-story tower going in just one block north of the Chicago River and it will open in 2015.

8. Unnamed: Chicago Athletic Association

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12 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

The designers of NYC's riotously hip Ace Hotel have been signed to the redevelopment of the Chicago Athletic Association building as a 240-room boutique hotel. It is expected to open in late 2014.

9. Hyatt Hotel

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28 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60606

The developer paid $3.7 million just for the parcel; the hotel has not released renderings yet, but have said it will be 18 stories.

10. Hyatt Chicago The Loop

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100 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60644

A former 22-story office building is being adapted in to a Hyatt Hotel which will open in 2015.

11. Lincoln Park Hotel Chicago

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1523 North Fremont Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Salita Development, led by Developer Eric Nordness, is known for the Carriage House and Bedford restaurants in Wicker Park. Now they planning the company's second hotel project, a 156-room, $40 million project with an opening slated for summer 2015. A hotel brand had not been named as of this map.

12. London Guarantee Building

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360 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

This 21-story office building is becoming a boutique hotel; the developer paid $57 million for it.

13. Nobu Hotel

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846 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607

The details of this one are still sketchy, but last we heard there are plans in the works for a boutique hotel and actor Robert DeNiro is part of the development team. There will be a Nobu restaurant project by chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

14. UNNAMED Chinatown Project

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253 West Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616

This one is still in the early stages, but someone filed permits for a 72-room hotel. A tipster reports that the hotel seems to have a code name of "Jason Hotel" or "Jason No. 1 Hotel."

15. Hilton Garden Inn

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66 East Wacker Place
Chicago, IL 60601

Renderings were released last fall for this 27-story hotel designed by GREC Architects. It is expected to open in spring 2015.

16. Northwest Tower

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1608 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Last September, plans were announced to convert this 12-story vintage office building into a boutique hotel.

17. Unnamed: Giordano's Building

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740 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Just steps away from Mag Mile shopping, the building at Rush and Superior that houses a popular Giordano's restaurant was recently scooped up and the developer has stated intentions of replacing the pizza joint with a hotel.

18. AC Hotel

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630 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The 217 room Four Points Sheraton in River North will be getting a makeover as the AC Hotel. Though not a new construction, the hotel's owner is hoping its new Euro styling will attract younger business travelers. Expect a Spring 2015 opening for the AC.

19. Unnamed McCormick Place Hotel

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2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

In addition the the new Marriott Marquis opening at McCormick Place, a second, smaller hotel is also planned for the new arena and entertainment district. This 500 room hotel will sit directly across from its bigger Marquis brother.

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1. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654

This year's first big opening is a striking Cubist-inspired marvel which spent 2008-2012 dubbed "The Mummy of River North" while construction was stalled. At long last it will open February 1 2014; it was designed by Valerio Dewalt Train architects.

127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Kinzie Hotel

20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

The former Amalfi Hotel is getting an aesthetic overhaul and will reopen as the Kinzie on February 4th. It may not add rooms to the construction boom, but it ups the game.

20 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

3. Hotel Indigo Chicago-Millennium Park

168 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601

The Atlantic Bank Building got a $20M renovation to become the new Hotel Indigo Chicago-Millenium Park, which opens in spring 2014. The 101-year-old building first opened as the Federal Life Building; four floors were added for the Indigo, bringing it up to 16 stories.

168 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

4. Soho House Chicago

125 North Green Street, Chicago, IL 60607

The 1907 Chicago Belting Factory will be reborn as the third Soho House Hotel in the US. The 35-room boutique's amenities include a 12,000-square-foot gym and full-size pool, 40-seat screening room, glass-enclosed rooftop bar and courtyard, and three eateries. It is expected to open in August 2014.

125 North Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607

5. Virgin Hotel

203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Sir Richard Branson's new hotel is being built out in the former Dearborn Bank Building, built in 1928. We're told that they will restore and recreate significant historic and architectural elements of the 27-story building.

203 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

6. McCormick Place Marriott Marquis

South Indiana Avenue & East Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60616

Designed by Gensler, This 1,200-room convention hotel won't open until late 2016, but the renderings are out and it is predicted to be a whopping 50 stories.

South Indiana Avenue & East Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616

7. Loews Hotel Chicago

435 North Park Drive, Chicago, IL 60611

There is a new 52-story tower going in just one block north of the Chicago River and it will open in 2015.

435 North Park Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Unnamed: Chicago Athletic Association

12 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

The designers of NYC's riotously hip Ace Hotel have been signed to the redevelopment of the Chicago Athletic Association building as a 240-room boutique hotel. It is expected to open in late 2014.

12 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

9. Hyatt Hotel

28 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60606

The developer paid $3.7 million just for the parcel; the hotel has not released renderings yet, but have said it will be 18 stories.

28 North Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60606

10. Hyatt Chicago The Loop

100 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60644

A former 22-story office building is being adapted in to a Hyatt Hotel which will open in 2015.

100 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60644

11. Lincoln Park Hotel Chicago

1523 North Fremont Street, Chicago, IL 60642

Salita Development, led by Developer Eric Nordness, is known for the Carriage House and Bedford restaurants in Wicker Park. Now they planning the company's second hotel project, a 156-room, $40 million project with an opening slated for summer 2015. A hotel brand had not been named as of this map.

1523 North Fremont Street
Chicago, IL 60642

12. London Guarantee Building

360 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

This 21-story office building is becoming a boutique hotel; the developer paid $57 million for it.

360 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

13. Nobu Hotel

846 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607

The details of this one are still sketchy, but last we heard there are plans in the works for a boutique hotel and actor Robert DeNiro is part of the development team. There will be a Nobu restaurant project by chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

846 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607

14. UNNAMED Chinatown Project

253 West Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60616

This one is still in the early stages, but someone filed permits for a 72-room hotel. A tipster reports that the hotel seems to have a code name of "Jason Hotel" or "Jason No. 1 Hotel."

253 West Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616

15. Hilton Garden Inn

66 East Wacker Place, Chicago, IL 60601

Renderings were released last fall for this 27-story hotel designed by GREC Architects. It is expected to open in spring 2015.

66 East Wacker Place
Chicago, IL 60601

16. Northwest Tower

1608 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Last September, plans were announced to convert this 12-story vintage office building into a boutique hotel.

1608 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

17. Unnamed: Giordano's Building

740 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Just steps away from Mag Mile shopping, the building at Rush and Superior that houses a popular Giordano's restaurant was recently scooped up and the developer has stated intentions of replacing the pizza joint with a hotel.

740 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

18. AC Hotel

630 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611

The 217 room Four Points Sheraton in River North will be getting a makeover as the AC Hotel. Though not a new construction, the hotel's owner is hoping its new Euro styling will attract younger business travelers. Expect a Spring 2015 opening for the AC.

630 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

19. Unnamed McCormick Place Hotel

2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

In addition the the new Marriott Marquis opening at McCormick Place, a second, smaller hotel is also planned for the new arena and entertainment district. This 500 room hotel will sit directly across from its bigger Marquis brother.

2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616