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IHG to open dual-branded voco and Holiday Inn Hotel in Chicago

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has today announced for the first dual-branded voco Hotel in the United States in downtown Chicago.

IHG presently operates a Holiday Inn Hotel in Chicago that is over four decades old. The hotel is currently undergoing a complete renovation that will include transforming a portion of the existing building into a voco Hotel.

The hotel will offer 521 rooms in this highly visible location in the River North submarket of Chicago, attached to Chicago’s 4-million-square-foot Merchandise Mart. Overlooking Wolf’s Point, the hotel will offer stunning views of the three branches of the Chicago River, adjacent to Chicago’s Riverwalk, luxury apartment towers, and several office developments.

Julienne Smith, Senior Vice President of Development, IHG, said:

Chicago is one of the most dynamic cities in the world and most popular travel destinations in the US. We believe the millions of travelers who visit this exciting part of the city each year will welcome the choice between Holiday Inn, the most trusted hotel brand in the US, and the upscale refinement of voco. We congratulate Murphy Development Group on their vision for this project and look forward to working with them to bring this unique hotel to life.

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The hotel will share the public spaces and be design-led by the voco Hotels brand aesthetic throughout the common areas, including the lobby, the restaurants, and 22,500 square feet of meeting space. The Holiday Inn design aesthetic will be incorporated into the front desk, signage, and designated guest room floors. The guest room floors are configured in a figure-eight design surrounding two interior atriums. The hotel will also feature a fitness center and indoor pool. Once complete, the hotel will continue to be operated by Hostmark, a Chicago-based hotel management company that has been affiliated with the hotel since it first opened its doors. The new dual-branded property is projected to be unveiled in 2022.

John T. Murphy, Chairman, and CEO of Murphy Development Group, said:

What attracted us to the voco brand is the forward-thinking design that can further project the unique nature of this iconic location. We also recognize and value the legacy profile that the Holiday Inn brand has maintained at this location. As a Chicago-based company, we are excited to have this property opening in our own backyard. We look forward to building on the success of this long-standing Holiday Inn and dramatically transforming this exciting project in the coming months.

voco, a premium brand from IHG that focuses on expressive design and provides hotel owners the ability to retain their property’s individuality, continues to grow with 19 properties open globally and 29 properties in the global pipeline. Other US properties now open or coming soon are located in New York City, St. Augustine, Florida, and Columbia, Missouri.

Meanwhile, IHG recently announced the signing of the first-voco hotel in South Korea, voco The Palm in Dubai, Intercontinental Riyadh King Fahed Road, Intercontinental Resort Amma, Canj – Montenegro, three hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya and Holiday Inn Express and Suites Jalandhar. IHG’s voco-brand has also opened its first hotel in Netherlands.

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