Lodging Magazine May 2017 : Page 33

OWNER’S MANUAL ›››››››››››››››› untouched as possible. The cupola, located at the very top of the building, serves as a distinctive feature of LondonHouse Chicago that, after being restored, is now used as one of its many private event spaces—good for engagements and small dinner parties. “It was an organic process that started with a vision, and I loved the idea of creating magic up there, too,” says Rutledge. The renovations continue—a section of the fi rst two fl oors of the building are carved out for retail space on Michigan Avenue, which is undergoing a revamp in itself, including the ex-panded River Walk area and a new Apple store. “There is a lot of new energy,” says Rut-ledge. But even with changes abounding, he notes that LondonHouse Chicago proudly maintains a piece of the city’s history. “It was a collaborative approach to rede-veloping the property. I think the various landmark societies appreciated that, and we ultimately achieved our collective goal.” BEAUTIFUL BONES LondonHouse Chicago’s history inspired Oxford Capital Group’s updates to the property. Another challenge Oxford faced was the cre-ation of LH, LondonHouse Chicago’s tri-level rooftop common space that includes an inside bar on the 21st fl oor, particularly popular during cold Chicago winters, a rooftop bar on the 22nd fl oor, and a cupola on the 23rd fl oor. “We thought that the roof was just full of junk—it was a beat up, old roof. But we were sitting there looking down the river on Michi-gan Avenue and Wacker Drive, fl oating among these great architectural treasures. When you look across from the roof, you see the Wrigley Building and the top of the Tribune Tower. We said, ‘Wow. This could be magic.’” Before the magic could happen, Oxford had to be sure its new plans for the roof did not obscure the city skyline. Oxford was keen to optimize the entire rooftop area for food and beverage, particularly given its unique luxury-lifestyle positioning—not quite super luxury, but more than a lifestyle hotel, ac-cording to Rutledge. “Everyone was really excited about what we had planned there, but also wanted to make sure that the sightlines from across the river and across Michigan Avenue didn’t change dramatically,” says Rutledge. “There was a lot of focus on the di erent angles from which people would view the rooftop, and not fundamentally compromising that.” For this reason, the rooftop is set back slightly from its glass perimeter to keep it as BUILT ON RELATIONSHIPS It takes more than smarts and determination to stay on top of the hotel development industry for more than 30 years. It also requires building deep, lasting working relationships with the people who bring our organization to life. Concord Hospitality understands what makes guests return again and again – and shares those experiences with our associates at every level. The result – people-focused strategies that build value and profitability. CONCORDHOTELS.COM Grant Sabroff, SVP of Business Development | 919.279.6542 | grant.sabroff@concordhotels.com CONCORD HOSPITALITY ENTERPRISES MAY 2017 LODGINGMAGAZINE.COM 33

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