Hotel Planned for Oriental Theater Building Has a Name

We told you last December that developer John Murphy teamed up with Choice Hotels and Suites to convert the tower portion of the Oriental Theater Building (32 West Randolph Street) into a Cambria Hotel & Suites (though it appears to be news to some).  Now we’re learning a little more about the plan.

Oriental Theater tower (Courtesy of Artefaqs architecture stock photography)

Oriental Theater tower (Courtesy of Artefaqs architecture stock photography)

Back in December we told you the project appeared to be a “go,” with financing already lined up for the conversion.  Now Mr. Murphy’s company and Cambria Hotels have put out a press release reminding everyone that this project is still coming.  And there are also two new nuggets of information:

  • The Oriental Theater hotel will be called the Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago – City Center, and open in September of next year.
  • The MileNorth Hotel (166 East Superior Street, formerly the Affinia Chicago Hotel) in Steeterville is going to become the Cambria Hotel and Suites Chicago – Magnificent Mile by the middle of next year.

You may remember John Murphy as the developer of SCB’s fascinating faceted new skyscraper planned for 1326 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop, and the man who was finally able to save the Chicago Motor Club building at 68 East Wacker Place when he converted it into a Hampton Inn.

Read the full press release below:

Choice Hotels International Announces Cambria hotels & suites Chicago Double Hotel Debut

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, joined developers Fillmore Capital Partners, Fillmore Hospitality and Murphy Asset Management to celebrate the debut of two new Cambria hotel & suites projects in Chicago, Ill. today.

As part of the announcement, a panel discussion was held that highlighted key elements of the conversions planned for both Chicago hotels, as well as the growth of the city as a destination for business and millennial travelers. During the panel discussion, interim CEO of Choose Chicago, Marc Anderson, noted that domestic visitation for 2015 topped 50 million visitors for the first time in history with total visitation expected to exceed 52 million. Chicago is one of the country’s largest business hubs with a number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the region, including Boeing, Archer Daniels Midland, United Continental Holdings and the Exelon Corporation. Additionally, as the home to the largest convention center in the nation, Chicago has a robust meetings and conventions industry. In 2015, business visitation grew an impressive 5.1 percent to 11.65 million, the second post-recession occurrence of business visitation over 11 million

“As one of the most iconic cities in the country, Chicago is a perfect match for our two new Cambria hotel & suites conversions,” said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International. “The City Center and Magnificent Mile locations are great additions to our urban, upscale brand offerings as we continue to expand our footprint nationwide, and are well-suited to meet the growing needs of Chicago’s business travelers.”

Cambria hotel & suites Chicago – City Center, featuring 22 stories and 198 rooms, will be located above the historic Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre and is set to officially open in September 2017. The new hotel will sit in Chicago’s energetic central business district, or “Loop” neighborhood, and will be directly across the street from a number of high end restaurants and retail outlets known collectively as Block Thirty Seven.

Cambria hotel & suites Chicago – Magnificent Mile, with 29 stories and 215 rooms, will be located in the existing MileNorth Hotel, and is set to officially be rebranded in mid-2017. The hotel will sit between Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan. Guests traveling on leisure will be able to take advantage of the many attractions the area offers, including Millennium Park, the John Hancock Center, Skydeck Chicago and the Chicago Riverwalk.

“We’re excited to once again team up with Cambria hotel & suites and bring the brand to the city of Chicago,” said Ron Silva, President and CEO of Fillmore Capital Partners. “After having partnered with Cambria across the country in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Nashville, the Windy City was a natural next stop.”

“Having an intimate knowledge and understanding of the Chicago market, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with Cambria hotel & suites,” said John T. Murphy, CEO and Principal of Murphy Asset Management. “The Loop is recognized as the epicenter of the city with convenient access to both business and lifestyle entertainment options in Chicago. We are confident that the Cambria hotel & suites Chicago – City Center will be a prime addition to the city.”

Designed as a business travel and leisure brand, all Cambria hotels & suites feature a larger lobby to give guests a more social atmosphere; oversized rooms with flexible spaces; and the latest technology that allows guests to stay connected while they travel.

Location: 32 West Randolph Street, The Loop

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