JW Marriott Chicago Now Opening in October
UPDATE: Looks like the hotel is delayed because construction workers are on strike but a tipster tells us the hotel is going to be "beautiful." Rooms reportedly have "high ceilings and beautiful furniture. The lobby is fronted in glass with sweeping stairs and marble floors." The ballroom is also supposed to be spectacular. No word on WiFi but we're getting excited for October!
Aw shucks. We've got another hotel delay to report. The new JW Marriott Chicago was supposed to open in June, then September but now the opening has been pushed back to October.
We guess the $396 million renovations are taking a bit longer than expected. This is often the case when restoring historical buildings and the JW Marriott's building does have quite a bit of history. Located on West Adams, the skyscraper was originally built in 1914 by superstar architect and Chicago city planner Daniel Burnham and formerly housed the Continental & Commercial National Bank.
Now Marriott is restoring its ornate lobby and turning the rest of it into a 600-room hotel aimed at both the business and leisure travel market with restaurants, meeting rooms and a full-service spa on site.
Room rates are expected to be about $259 a night but whether that includes free WiFi--something that we found at the new JW Marriott at LA Live--remains to be seen. We'll keep our fingers crossed.