Hilton Chicago Debuts New Meeting Space as Part of Renovation

The Hilton Chicago in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood has completed phase one of a four-phase, $150 million renovation project, it announced last month. Phase-one improvements included the addition of a new restaurant, a new grab-and-go marketplace and a new meeting room — all on the lobby level — as well as a partial guest room makeover.

The new restaurant, 720 South Bar & Grill, serves Midwest cuisine and includes a 238-seat dining room as well as a 208-seat lounge, not to mention a 14-seat private dining room for small events. Additionally, the restaurant's bar includes a tech lounge where guests can plug in laptops and other handheld devices while watching TV on large video screens.

The Hilton's new grab-and-go store, meanwhile, serves fresh-prepared items like pizza, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Called SNAX, it also serves beer and wine and includes a Starbuck's coffee counter. Like 720 South Bar & Grill, it features a tech lounge, this time with both individual workstations and communal spaces.

The final phase-one components of the renovation were the new meeting room, called the Buckingham room — the size and capacity of which were not specified by the hotel — and the partial guest room makeover, which included a redesign of 454 of the hotel's 1,544 guest rooms, all of which will eventually be updated.