CHICAGO — November 19, 2021 — Canopy by Hilton Chicago Central Loop has opened as the first Hilton lifestyle property and first Canopy by Hilton hotel in Chicago. Hilton’s new lifestyle property at 226 W. Jackson—the former site of the bustling headquarters of the iconic Chicago and North Western Railway—joins the recently opened Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Central Loop to become a dual-branded hospitality powerhouse in the city’s Loop neighborhood.
Amassing 350 guest rooms and suites between the two properties, the complex offers two on-site restaurant concepts, two unique meeting and event spaces, an on-site fitness center and an outdoor terrace space. Developed by Chicago-based Phoenix Development Partners and operated by Aimbridge Hospitality, the new complex serves as a sign of hope and growth for Chicago tourism and travel. A prime destination for both business and leisure travel alike, the properties are steps away from many major corporate offices, co-working spaces such as Convene, social hubs including the Metropolitan Club, fine dining and award-winning entertainment and attractions including the Willis Tower Skydeck.
“An incredible amount of passion and energy has gone into ensuring that each and every guest will have a memorable stay at both of our wonderful properties,” said Neil DeGuia, general manager and chief complex enthusiast at Canopy by Hilton Chicago Central Loop and Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Central Loop. “We could not be more thrilled to complete the dual-branded complex with Canopy’s opening and we look forward to delivering an unmatched guest experience for years to come.”
Canopy Chicago Central Loop offers 215 guest rooms, including 23 spacious king suites and the Depot 226 restaurant, led by Executive Chef Tim Letsos. The modern, boutique-style concept is designed as a natural extension of the Loop neighborhood, steps away from major attractions and institutions including the Willis Tower Skydeck, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Chicago Theatre District and much more. Guests can enjoy a ride on the hotel’s complimentary Canopy Bikes to explore the surrounding area, and “Canopy Enthusiasts” (hotel Team Members) are available to connect guests to the best of the neighborhood from city tours to suggesting a hidden gem to visit.
Paying homage to the site’s rich history through its stylish design, Canopy Chicago Central Loop incorporates subtle nuances that reflect and celebrate its past, including the famous Chicago and North Western Railway. An impressive grand entrance greets guests, while interior designs by Anderson/Miller, Ltd. highlight the golden age of train travel. Some unique elements of the building are intact for guests to enjoy, including the original staircases and lobbies. A variety of mixed media works, including historical pieces, architectural fragments and more are found throughout to celebrate travel, cartography and Chicago’s rich history.
“We are positively thrilled to bring Canopy by Hilton to Chicago’s Central Loop and extend our warm, comfortable spaces and thoughtfully local choices to both locals and visitors to this vibrant neighborhood,” said Phil Cordell, global brand head, Canopy by Hilton and category head, Hilton Lifestyle Brands. “The iconic and historic nature of this building paired with the hotel’s modern, yet locally inspired offerings across F&B, design and more are a true reflection of this unique part of Chicago as well as Canopy hospitality on the whole.”
Both Canopy Chicago Central Loop and Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Central Loop participate in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a digital key.