A $110-million expansion and renovation of McCormick Place’s anchor hotel is nearing a summer completion target.
When completed, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, connected to the Chicago convention center, will have a new hotel tower with 460 rooms. All of the existing 800 rooms are being renovated as well.
The hotel’s main coffee shop, the Daily Grind, has already been renovated and the hotel’s 4,000-square-foot Prairie Room meeting space has been redesigned.
Still to be completed is a renovation of the hotel lobby and the rest of the 25,000 sq. ft. conference center—including a 12,000 sq. ft. ballroom—and the addition of three new boardrooms
and a new business center.
In a statement the hotel’s general manager, Paul Daly, says, “This will allow Hyatt Regency McCormick Place to play an even larger role in attracting and hosting Chicago’s top meeting
s and conventions.”
The renovation and expansion of the hotel, which is owned by the(MPEA), began in December 2011. MPEA also owns the adjoining McCormick Place and the Navy Pier a few miles north of the venue and hotel.
The changes will add to the hotel room inventory for what is the largest convention center in the United States, as well as help to meet the growing need for meeting rooms that convention and tradeshow organizers are asking for.
“This goes a long way toward drawing more tradeshow and meetings business to Chicago,” says MPEA CEO Jim Reilly.