CHICAGO— Hotel 71 here has begun a $15 million renovation of the boutique property at the Loop along the Chicago River.
The enhancements, expected to be completed next year, will include a new contemporary lobby; addition of 49 Premier guestrooms, including 10 junior suites, with custom hardwood finishes and furnishings, marble foyers, 36-inch plasma screen televisions, marble bathrooms with walk in rainforest showers (some include separate tub); redesigned business center, fitness center additions of new cardio machines placed along windows with views of the river; and expanded meeting space. The renovation will culminate with the launch of the new Hoyts restaurant.
Originally built in 1958 as a residential building, in 1986 the property underwent an exterior renovation that eliminated the balconies in favor of expanding the rooms that now rank among the largest in the city.
The current project is being overseen by: McHugh Construction, Pappa George Haymes Architects (Chicago) and Borg Design.
Steve Shern serves as general manager.