City Spotlight: Chicago

By Belinda Clarke, April 3, 2019

Chicago has always been known for its vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, from the West Loop, an industrial district that transformed in the ’80s with the creation of Oprah’s Harpo Studios, to the former artists’ hub Wicker Park. Today, these historic communities are teeming with new hotels and meeting venues.

West Loop

Today’s West Loop is home to the Google Chicago headquarters and McDonald’s massive new corporate HQ, which launched in summer 2018 in the footprint of the former Harpo Studios. The neighborhood is also booming with new hotel developments and event space, including Soho House Chicago, Freehand Chicago, ACE Hotel Chicago and, this summer, the much-anticipated Nobu Hotel Chicago, among others.

“As a Chicago reporter once said, the rise of the West Loop has been largely rooted in its restaurants, and finally we have a place to sleep after filling the stomach,” says Trevor Horwell, CEO of Nobu Hospitality Group. “We are excited to be in the West Loop with some other great boutique brands and, of course, we will have done exciting venue spaces for meeting planners and guests.”

But the West Loop isn’t only about hotels.

Offsite Chicago, which was the first expansion of the New York City Offsite location, launched in 2012. Partner Patrick Everett has seen his business grow along with the neighborhood.

“Many tech-savvy firms are moving to the West loop area and bringing in a much younger crowd,” says Everett. “The cost of living is much cheaper here when compared to San Francisco and New York City. Whether it is pitching new technology to other firms in the Chicago area or having a team strategy meeting, we have gained a lot of business as most of their meetings and events are held off-site.”

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