As we approach the end of 2014, next year looks to be another big year for Chicago, but not just in real estate, but also in the hotel industry as well. Over the past 12 months, we welcomed a number of new boutique and large-scale hotel developments to the Windy City, and as we get set to turn the calendar to 2015, four highly-anticipated hotel debuts are expected for downtown Chicago, which are detailed below:
The Chicago Athletic Association | 12 S. Michigan Avenue
A joint venture between , the new hotel that will take take the place of the former Chicago Athletic Association will include a rooftop bar and restaurant that overlooks Millennium Park, a hard-to-beat location that’s directly across the street from the park, and upper scale amenities and finishes that will rival almost any hotel in the area. Reports also reveal an 80-seat Shake Shack that will be on the building’s street level.
Virgin Hotel Chicago | 203 N. Wabash Avenue
Perhaps the most talked about opening of 2015, this 292-room luxe hotel should be making its official debut on January 15th—only a couple weeks away. Along with historic and restored Art Deco finishes, the Virgin Hotel Chicago will also offer high-tech features and amenities that include an app that lets you check in and control your thermostat and rooms that are complete with separate dressing chambers. Amenities here will include a 23 hour street level diner, an underground spa, and a rooftop lounge with a venue for live music.
Loews Chicago Hotel | 455 N. Park Drive
Standing 52 stories high and houses 400 individual rooms, the Loews Hotel might be Chicago’s largest and most impressive structure we’ll see added to the skyline in 2015, as far as any hotel developments go, but along with its stately appearance and sleek glass facade, expect one-of-kind views, a luxury spa, a state of the art fitness center, and an Argentinian steakhouse to all be a part of the mix here at the Loews. In addition, 300 residential units will also be housed inside 455 N. Park as well.
Freehand Chicago | 19 E. Ohio Street
Although technically a hostel, the Freehand Chicago aims to be one of the chicest and most stylish of its kind. Designed by the award-winning and Manhattan-based design firm Roman and Williams, this 217 room hotel will include 133 private rooms and plenty of shared rooms at extremely affordable prices that will sleep up to eight guests. Rates here will range from $37 for a shared room and $196 for a private room, and as for an opening date, expect the Freehand Chicago to launch sometime this spring in River North’s former Tokyo Hotel.