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Westin Completes Meeting Space Renovation on Chicago's Magnificent Mile

By Matt Alderton
March 13, 2012

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The Westin Michigan Avenue, located on the north end of Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, has completed a $7 million renovation encompassing its banquet, ballroom, conference and meeting space, it announced this month.

According to the hotel, improvements include state-of-the-art lighting and audio systems, faster Internet connectivity and increased flexibility in room configurations, as well as an electronic reader board system and insulation upgrades in the walls that make meeting rooms more soundproof.

"Along with the daffodils and warmer weather, this spring our conference and banquet areas is re-emerging in new colors, fabrics and textures," said General Manager Brent Menzel. "Among the many upgrades, our ballroom area rejuvenation promises to our guests' Westin experience even more memorable."

The renovation was designed by Chicago-based architecture firm VOA Associates.

"Our biggest challenge was to make this space feel glamorous enough for a wedding reception, but also serious enough for a business meeting," said VOA's Patricia Rotondo. "We also took great care in aligning the renovation with Westin's selected Chicago themes of 'lake,' 'park' and 'city.'"

Finally, in an effort at making the renovation sustainable, VOA included in its design energy-efficient lighting and wool carpeting.

"Wool has a natural fiber," Rotondo said. "Because the fiber is thicker, there's less wear and tear. Wool costs more, but the payoff is a longer life-span."

The Westin Michigan Avenue has 752 guest rooms and 38,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information, visit the hotel's website.
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