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Historical Site Of Chicago & North Western Railways HQ To Open As A Transformed Hotel Complex Late Summer

CHICAGOThe historic, revival-style building once known as the bustling headquarters of the iconic Chicago and North Western Railway is soon to become one of the larger-scale hotel developments of late with the creation of the dual-branded Canopy by Hilton Chicago Central Loop (Canopy Chicago) and Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Central Loop (HGI Central Loop). The stunning new property is expected to open in late summer. The 117-year-old building, located at 226 W. Jackson, will feature 350 guestrooms and suites between both properties, along with a food and beverage outlets for each – Depot 226 and Garden Central, respectively — both featuring locally-inspired dishes and craft cocktails. In addition, guests of either property will find an on-site fitness center, two unique event spaces, outdoor terrace space shared between both. Developed by Chicago-based Phoenix Development Partners and operated by Aimbridge Hospitality, the project serves as a much-welcomed beacon of hope for the Chicago travel industry. 

“As our city reopens, our goal has been to bring a fresh, exciting hospitality option to Chicago to welcome avid travelers and locals alike to relax and recharge. Combining the energy and sophistication of the Canopy by Hilton lifestyle hotel with the experience of Hilton Garden Inn that is simply on another level, this development allows us to unite two unique brands in a very special way.” said John Mangel, CEO at Phoenix Development Partners. “Each hotel maintains its own distinct identity and offers unique amenities to serve guests and their varying needs at these top tier destinations.”

Appointed Landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, the property will pay homage to the site’s rich history through its stylish design, incorporating subtle nuances that reflect and celebrate its past. Guests will be greeted by an impressive grand entrance, while interior designs by Anderson/Miller, Ltd. will highlight the golden age of train travel. Some unique elements of the building will remain, including the original staircase and tile remnants that will be incorporated into the lobby space. Various mixed media works, historical pieces and architectural fragments will also be featured on property that will celebrate travel, cartography and Chicago’s rich history.

Canopy Chicago will offer 215 guestrooms, including 23 spacious king suites, and 675 square feet of meeting space which will comfortably serve up to 48 guests. The modern, boutique-style concept is designed as a natural extension of the neighborhood and will provide guests with a variety of local experiences. With its prime loop-centric location, guests at Canopy Chicago can hop on a complimentary Canopy Bike stationed on property and explore nearby attractions such as Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Shops on State Street or the Chicago Riverwalk for access to world-class entertainment and culture in minutes. 

HGI Central Loop will have 135 guest rooms for travelers to retreat to, including six king suites, each complete with a separate living room area. Guests can start their day with a cooked-to-order breakfast or unwind with shareable small plates, handcrafted cocktails or craft beers at the end of the day. The on-site 624 square foot meeting space will welcome up to 40 guests. 

The complex is also a prime destination for business travelers, located in close proximity to many major corporate offices, co-working spaces such as Convene, social hubs including the Metropolitan Club, fine dining and award-winning entertainment. 

Canopy Chicago and HGI Central Loop will participate in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard WiFi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key.

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