CHICAGO— The 117-room Hotel Chicago, located here in the West Loop/Illinois Medical District area, has opened. The independent boutique property, operated by Portfolio Hotels & Resorts, marks the entry into the hotel business of financier Joe Perillo, owner of Chicago’s Perillo Auto Group. Located at 1622 W. Jackson, the renovated historic building is situated between the Illinois Medical District and the Randolph St. dining corridor.
“When we began this project over three years ago, our intention was to create a cross-generational home away from home for families with loved ones nearby at the hospital,” said Perillo, whose luxury dealerships include auto manufacturers such as Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Maserati and BMW. “Since then, the growth of the West Loop has caused us to slightly adjust our strategy. We ended up fashioning a European boutique hotel, with all the amenities of an extended-stay mini-apartment, in order to appeal to savvy travelers.”
“Hotel Chicago brings the West Loop/Illinois Medical District a comfortable, wallet-friendly yet stylish experience designed for today’s discerning guest,” added Helmut Horn, president of Portfolio Hotels & Resorts. “Whether you’re going to a concert at the United Center or dinner on West Randolph, we give you a central location to begin or end your evening. And, the best part is, less money to stay means more money to play.”
Room types include a single full, a bunk double twin and a king deluxe with amenities such as luxurious pillow-top, memory-foam mattress; personal Keurig; refrigerator; microwave; and LCD TV with cable. The hotel also includes complimentary WiFi and coffee, 24-hour fitness center, in-room safe, on-site washing machines and a private parking lot with a local garage.
Design features include the restored, original front entrance, and a modern lobby adorned with a glass chandelier and white walls tied to a glass backdrop. The property also includes original artwork from Horn, who is also an accomplished, internationally-known photographer, according to the hotel.