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(Chicago, IL. April 26, 2018) — FOUND Hotels in partnership with hospitality virtuoso The h.wood Group and real estate investment firm, Hawkins Way Capital, is proud to announce FOUND Chicago – River North which opens in April 2018, at 613 N. Wells Street. The FOUND hospitality brand introduces the concept of simple, smart indulgence to a community hotel environment. FOUND Chicago is the first of several FOUND Hotels set to debut in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles FOUND Chicago is the first of several FOUND Hotels set to debut in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more in 2018-2019. Each centrally located hotel will offer an assortment of economical shared and traditional private accommodations and amenities that take distinctive cues from the best of what each city has to offer.

Lew Wolff, Chairman of FOUND Hotels says, “This is our first venture into a shared room, hotel concept, appealing specifically to the aspirational traveler and millennial nomad.  We felt that this was lacking from a hospitality standpoint across the U.S. We are thrilled about our food and beverage lifestyle partnership with The h.wood Group and are proud to introduce this innovative endeavor to worldwide travelers.”

Wolff is the Co-Founder of the Maritz-Wolff hotel and resort firm, and formerly of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. He also served as Chairman Emeritus of the Oakland Athletics MLB team.

The FOUND Hotels location in Chicago’s River North neighborhood will serve as the FOUND flagship and boasts access to a food and beverage program curated by The h.wood Group. This includes a new contemporary-American steakhouse restaurant concept, Mason, as well as a refined coffee bar experience, Mason&Mason. Additionally, FOUND Chicago will be paying homage to Los Angeles’ renowned karaoke bar and lounge, Blind Dragon, featured in the hotel’s speakeasy styled basement.

FOUND Hotels provides social travelers with the freedom and programming to explore, enjoy new friends, create long-lasting memories, and do so affordably. The FOUND approach blends the affinity for travel with rising generations who live life with a free-spirited attitude in a shared economy. FOUND Hotels takes the classic shared room and private room models, and modernizes it to a new frontier of communal hospitality experience.

John Terzian, co-owner of The h.wood Group says, “Our partnership with FOUND Hotels marks the beginning of our presence in the hotel industry. We are excited to bring The h.wood Group’s signature hospitality experience to FOUND Hotels and expand our brand into the wonderful city of Chicago.”

Ross Walker, owner of FOUND Hotels and Hawkins Way Capital says, Our foundation has been real estate first, and extensive hospitality management next. With that said, having aligned with other renowned hospitality experts like the The h.wood Group, will help play a significant differentiating factor within the food & beverage space. There is a lot more to come from the FOUND family and we are looking towards for continued growth. 

The key pillars of FOUND Hotels are location and discovery. Built on community, creativity and curiosity, FOUND Hotels will be positioned in the hearts of some of the world’s most vibrant destinations, beginning with Chicago.  

For more information and reservations, visit or call 224.24.FOUND (224.243.6863)

About FOUND Chicago

FOUND Chicago is the city’s newest hotel concept, located at 613 N. Wells St. in the River North entertainment and dining district – Chicago’s attractive lifestyle location within walking distance to downtown and the Magnificent Mile.  

With affordable private and shared rooms, we offer clean and comfortable accommodations for everyone – from backpackers to business travelers.  All rooms feature private bathrooms and in-room safes or lockers.  Our communal areas and local activities will connect the FOUND guest with fellow travelers and our thriving neighborhood.

At FOUND Chicago you can find gratifying espresso at Mason&Mason coffee bar, a great martini at Mason restaurant, and can top it all off with some fun singing at the “secretive” Blind Dragon karaoke lounge.  With these unique activities, you will never have to leave the hotel; however, when you want to venture out, you can utilize the personal concierge service offered exclusively to hotel guests.  Whether dining onsite or discovering the adventures of Chicago, the FOUND team is committed to ensuring each guest has an amazing differentiated and memorable experience.

About The h.wood Group

Entrepreneur impresario duo, John Terzian and Brian Toll, formed The h.wood Group in 2008, a Los Angeles based Hospitality & Lifestyle company, which includes an upscale nightlife and restaurant division, corporate branding, real estate development and event production.  The h.wood Group has vastly expanded their nightlife & restaurants portfolio with Bootsy Bellows LA & Aspen, Blind Dragon LA, Dubai & Scottsdale, SHOREbar LA & Cabo, The Peppermint Club, Poppy, The NICE GUY, Delilah and Petite Taqueria.  Due to an extensive and influential network, The h.wood Group has strategic access to pocket listings in highly desirable locations, and caters every venue to art, fashion, and creative segments to provide a warm welcoming environment for patrons from all walks of life.  In addition to leveraging networks of relationships, their venues naturally become hubs for cross marketing opportunities.  For more information on The h.wood Group, please visit:

About Hawkins Way Capital

Hawkins Way Capital is a real estate investment firm based in Los Angeles focused on core, value-add and opportunistic investments across various asset types and geographies. The private company’s discretionary equity funds are comprised of select family office and institutional capital sources that seek niche platforms targeting attractive risk adjusted returns. A disciplined approach leverages the principals’ investing experience and extensive network to execute these strategies that offer long-term value.

Contact: EMC|BOWERY / 323.654.0001

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