This week saw the opening of the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare, located close to the city’s airport. The 556-room hotel is situated opposite the Donald E. Stephens Convention Centre, around five minutes drive from the airport, with a 24-hour complimentary shuttle service available for guests. Features include marble bathrooms, oversized workdesks and high-speed internet access, with access to the Club Intercontinental Lounge available for an additional charge. There is nearly 5,000 sqm of meeting space, as well as three restaurants, and a “flight centre”, where guests can check the real-time status of their flights and take advantage of online check-in. Interestingly nearly 70 per cent of the hotel’s front desk and concierge staff are artists or art students, and the property has an art gallery, with rotating collections from local and international artists, as well as sculpture, music and photography exhibits throughout the building. Daily curator-led champagne tours of the hotel’s artwork are available, and there is a 275-seater entertainment venue on site for musical and comedy acts. For more information visit icohare.com.
Report by Mark Caswell