Chicago’s nearly 90-year old historic London Guarantee Building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art 452-room luxury hotel that opened yesterday, as the LondonHouse, after undergoing a 3-year comprehensive restoration and redevelopment.
Built on the site of Fort Dearborn, on the southwest corner of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue, in 1923, the historic London Guarantee Building has been designated both a local and national landmark.
Once a lively center of trade and home to the famous London House jazz club that was host to notables such as Ramsey Lewis, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, and others, the Beaux Arts structure had fallen on hard times and neglect for over a decade.
The hard times came to an abrupt halt when Oxford Capital Group, LLC, a national real estate investment, development and management firm, had the vision to transform the property into a hotel that draws on the unique history and location of the building (as they have done with other Chicago properties including the Cass, Felix, Godfrey and Essex).
Working with a design team led by Simeone Deary Design Group, the building was completely gutted to create a space fit for the new Millennium, while respecting the past by preserving the building’s historic roots–and paying tribute to the future with a new 22-story Modernist tower addition.
In addition to the guest rooms, the hotel offers a show-stopping three-level rooftop for al fresco dining, a gateway arrival lobby leading to the spacious second floor check-in lobby and bar, a junior and grand ballroom, multiple board and meeting rooms, a destination spa and a fitness center.
Overlooking the Chicago Riverwalk and the historic Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Marina City Twin Towers and the Trump Tower–the views from every room and floor of the hotel offer a showcase for the city’s architecture.
When looking down on the city from the 22nd floor LH Rooftop it is easy to see why the lobby bar has been named Bridges.
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