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Expansions & Renovations

Hilton Chicago Finalizes $150 Million Renovation

Enhancements Include Complete Overhaul of Salon C and Third-Floor Meeting Spaces

CHICAGO, IL. OCTOBER 16, 2017 – Classic now meets cool as the historic 1,544 room Hilton Chicago, located on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park, announces today the completion of a $7 million renovation. The newest revamp that enhances the third-floor meeting spaces and Salon C in the Stevens Meeting Center leading to the finalization of an all-encompassing $150 million renovation and restoration initiative.

Recognized as one of the city’s most revered addresses since 1927, Hilton Chicago continues to celebrate its storied past by blending the hotel’s classic architecture with a new contemporary style as it celebrates its 90th anniversary. Conceptualized by Looney & Associates, the newly debuted design was inspired by Chicago's founding motto, Urbs in Horto, which translates to City in a Garden.

The renovation brings a full transformation to the third floor, which is home to seven separate meeting rooms ideal for organic networking of small meetings to medium sized conferences accommodating up to 850 guests. Designed with a cool color palette, the interior décor is inspired by Lake Michigan incorporating shades of purple and blue in bold, geometric patterns. Grand Waldorf chandeliers and modern pendants adorn the renovated spaces, adding depth and classic sophistication with a balance of style throughout the third floor. The new aesthetic continues into the outer corridors with details such as striking blue carpeting, dramatic lighting fixtures and sleek grey and gold armchairs to modernize the community space.

Spanning over 28,000 square feet, Salon C is one of four meeting rooms in the 119,000-square-foot Stevens Meeting Center. Conceptualized to be utilized as one large room or six separate spaces, the versatile area has been fully revitalized using a warm red and gold palette. The meeting room incorporates a bold floral carpet, sleek white armchairs, suspended ceilings, graphic column screen accents and new soundproof HufCor Movable Walls.

The property completed a renovation of its 10,080-square-foot Continental Ballroom, bringing contemporary touches with cool blue and grey hues complemented with lighting that provides the best balance of illumination. With a capacity of up to 1,350 guests, the flexible reception area can double as registration and reception.

Other notable renovations totaling to $150 million include 600 accommodations featuring two beds and two bathrooms, thirteen specialty suites that each have an individual aesthetic and design, and a $1.8 million restoration of the 5,000-square-foot Conrad Hilton Suite, the largest suite in the Midwest. Additionally, the property features a newly revamped, fully furnished sun deck, located adjacent to the pool, complete with outdoor daybeds, lounge chairs and views of the cityscape.

In celebration of the renovation and its 90th anniversary this year, the landmark property is featuring special $90 rates over various dates and a new small meetings package for groups of 90 or less. For ease of booking at a per-person price, the package includes a 25 percent discount on catering selections from award-winning Executive Chef Mario Garcia, who leads the charge in sustainable cuisine by utilizing locally-sourced ingredients for a farm-to-table experience. Groups receive reduced pricing for audio visual, Wi-Fi and electrical requirements.

Home to one of the largest ballrooms in the city, Hilton Chicago offers 234,000 square feet of versatile meeting space including distinguished executive board rooms spanning 260 square feet to 697 square feet, smaller breakout spaces ranging between 960 square feet and 2,976 square feet, and multiple office spaces sized between 228 square feet and 697 square feet. In efforts to elevate the service of groups, an elevator bank of 14 separate cabs expedites the transition between meeting rooms for a seamless experience. With ballrooms ranging from 10,080 square feet to 21,996 square feet, the Grand Ballroom has hosted every United States President.

Hilton Chicago boasts the fastest and largest internet bandwidth in Chicago, offering a one gigabit circuit to support all connections with countless configurations. In addition to dedicated market specific sales managers, the hotel caters to industry specific needs with segmented meetings landing pages in response to positive feedback from meetings planners, including pharmaceutical, finance, union, technology and athletic industries.

The hotel features four floors of customizable small- to mid-sized meeting space and a high-speed tech lounge with complimentary work stations, televisions and charging stations. Showcasing Hilton Chicago’s commitment to the local community, the hotel partners with Columbia College to feature students’ photography across the property’s exterior on Wabash and 8th Street in the center of Chicago’s vibrant South Loop, nicknamed the Wabash Arts Corridor. Guests can enjoy three on-site dining options including Midwest flavors with ingredients from the rooftop garden at 720 South Bar & Grill, authentic Irish farm to fork and tap to pint favorites at Kitty O’Sheas and fresh grab-and-go options at the urban culinary market, Herb N’ Kitchen.

For more information on Hilton Chicago, please call +1 312.922.4400 or visit hiltonchicagohotel.com.

About Hilton Chicago

Conveniently located on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park, the iconic Hilton Chicago combines a contemporary design with an exciting atmosphere. The newly renovated 1,544 guestroom hotel boasts more than 234,000 sq. ft. of meetings space and can accommodate large conferences and conventions, smaller meetings and elegant banquets. Additional amenities include an indoor running track, large fitness center, indoor pool as well as dining options including 720 South Bar & Grill, Kitty O’Sheas Irish Pub, and Herb N' Kitchen. www.hiltonchicagohotel.com

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Founded in 1919 as the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of savvy global travelers at more than 550 hotels across six continents. Hilton is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader in hospitality with Team Members shaping experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Access the latest news at news.hilton.com and begin your journey at www.hilton.com or www.hilton.com/offers for the latest hotel specials. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s 12 brands.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. 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 exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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