News for the Hospitality Executive
Following Completion of $106 million Renovation
Chicago: October, 2007— In celebration of the completion of its $106 million renovation, the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago will permanently light the gold leaf trimmed tower of its landmark building, the Carbide and Carbon Building, at 230 North Michigan Avenue on Friday, November 16th at 5:00 p.m.
Built in 1929 and designed by the sons of legendary Chicago planner and architect Daniel Burnham, Hubert and Daniel Jr., the building housed offices prior to its conversion to a hotel. It was one of the world’s first colored skyscrapers and was designated an architectural landmark by the Chicago Architecture Foundation in 1996.
“We’re proud to be stewards of this Chicago treasure,” said Charles Becker, developer and majority owner. “We’ve worked very hard to restore the building to its original glory, and the lighting is just another way to share our landmark achievement with all of Chicago.”
Designed to resemble a champagne bottle, the building features a black marble and granite base, green terra cotta facade and bronze trim. During the renovation, more than 7,700 terra cotta tiles were removed, restored and then re-anchored.
“They’ve done a wonderful job restoring one of the great facets of Chicago’s
architectural legacy,” said Lynn Osmond, President and CEO of the Chicago
Architecture Foundation. “The permanent lighting will create even more
excitement and beauty on North Michigan Avenue.”
Today, the hotel features 381 rooms, 20 suites, China Grill restaurant, BASE bar, cutting-edge conference and meeting facilities, 24-hour fitness center, concierge and free in-room internet access.
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago’s convenient location is just steps away from many of Chicago’s greatest attractions, including Millennium Park, The Magnificent Mile and the Theater District. The building was designated a Chicago landmark May 9th, 1996.
The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and enjoys a AAA four-diamond rating.
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