This summer, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, debuted a $2.5 million renovation of the hotel’s 63,000 square feet of meeting space, which now includes 15 meeting rooms ranging from 400 to 16,000 square feet. The project is the culmination of a more than $60 million lobby-to-roof renovation of the entire hotel.
“This final piece of our five-year renovation unifies the meeting space with the contemporary feeling of the rest of the property, creating space that is both artistic, yet modern,” said Mark Huntley, regional vice president and general manager, Fairmont Chicago. “The look of our new space is appealing to meeting planners as well as social-catering clients and provides the perfect backdrop for a business meeting, corporate event or social gala.”
The project was executed with an eye toward sustainability. From paint to furniture, most of the items for the project were sourced within a few hundred miles of Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. Low VOC paint, compact fluorescent lighting fixtures and carpeting manufactured with minimal environmental impact were all pieces of the holistic “green” approach to the renovation.
The renovation of the meeting space is meant to inspire creative and thoughtful meetings. The renewed spaces were designed by Chicago-based architects the Gettys Group, which specializes in creating sophisticated spaces with a focus on function and form.
The soothing neutral-color palette includes custom wall coverings and plush window treatments that add depth and texture to the space. The unique carpeting has a tasteful design that is an abstract replication of the shimmering blue waters of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River as well as the stunning flowers at Millennium Park. New lighting with custom fixtures provides a balance of functionality with artistic flair. Majestic crystal chandeliers reflect the Fairmont’s history of elegance.
In addition to the enhancements of the existing meeting space, the project included the addition of Cuvee, a posh 1,360 square-foot event space located adjacent to the lobby, and a stately executive boardroom located on the 37th floor of the hotel.
Several commissioned pieces of original artwork were unveiled as part of the renovation. Grafitto and Confetti, by Atlanta-based artist Ryan Coleman, are abstract giclée on canvas pieces on display in the Gold Room. Glimmer Alert, another stunning giclée on canvas piece by New York City-based artist Eric Blum, is on display in the Regent Room. Additional original art installations have also been added throughout the hotel.
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, is a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located in downtown Chicago. With 687 guestrooms and 63,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel provides contemporary elegance and gracious hospitality.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a collection of more than 65 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.