Renovations to the former home of the Chicago Motor Club building at 68 E. Wacker have been completed and a brand new Hampton Inn Chicago will soon open its doors officially to the public.
Featuring 14 floors providing 143 rooms, the new Loop hotel pays homage to the building’s historical past within its halls and showcases the Art Deco accompaniments of yesteryear.
The LEED certified hotel features a stunning 3-story lobby with a brand new 67-seat cocktail bar called Jack’s Place that is overlooked by a 29 foot-wide road map mural courtesy of John Warner Norton reports Curbed Chicago. Art Deco styling and original light fixtures have been painstakingly restored and offer a glimpse into the past of this beloved Chicago building.
Constructed in 1928, the Chicago Motor Club building took only 268 days to complete and opened in 1929. In 1978, the building was granted National Register status and is a highlight for anyone who is a fan of Chicago’s Art Deco skyscrapers explains Forgotten Chicago.
In a nod to the building’s former glory days, two mezzanine balconies that overlook the lobby are still intact and property owner, Integrated Motor Club, installed a 1928 Ford Model T in the lobby.
The reminder of the building’s former life is on display throughout the hotel with even the guest room signage featuring automobile related imagery. Exterior restoration to the Loop building includes repairs to the terra cotta, limestone and stone façade.
The Getty Group, who was in charge of the hotel’s design, mixes the original style of the building with all the amenities one would come to expect at a Hampton Inn in the Loop. In addition to the 143 rooms featuring free Wi-Fi and 42-inch flat screen HDTVs, the hotel will offer guests a fitness center, two meeting rooms and a business center.
While the new Hampton Inn Chicago is open, an official grand opening is scheduled for some time in June.