Illinois March 7, 2006 it was announced today by Lakhani Hospitality, Inc.
that the much anticipated expansion to the Holiday Inn Chicago/Skokie at
5300 W. Touhy Avenue will begin on Wednesday, March 15, 2006. The 11,000
sq. ft addition will bring the total contiguous meeting space to 11,000
and total meeting space to more than 14,000 sq. ft.
“We are very excited to bring this facility to Skokie’ said Mansoorali
Lakhani, owner of the hotel and President and C.E.O. of Lakhani Hospitality,
Inc. Mr. Lakhani purchased the 244 room Skokie hotel in 2004 with plans
to modernize and expand. Later that year the former Edens Tennis Club at
7234 N. Laramie Avenue was purchased to provide additional land for parking.
“We have invested about $3M in the past year and plan to spend $10M on
this expansion” said Sheila Gilani, Director of Operations for Lakhani
Current plans call for the state-of-the-art facility to seat about 1,000
people for a banquet and upwards of 1,200 for receptions and shows. The
main ballroom will be divisible into eight (8) smaller rooms and will be
decorated in warm tones and a variety of surfaces. The pre-function space
will feature a sweeping staircase leading to a pair of bridal suites.
Plans call for the existing porte-cochere to be extended to include
the new ballroom, the total resurfacing of the existing parking areas and
the addition of a new parking lot accessible from Laramie Avenue. “We are
currently re-engineering our existing kitchen and laundry to accommodate
the new facility’ said Paul Leisner, General Manager “Our entire team has
been involved in the process, working hard to plan every detail.”