The Holiday Inn and Suites at 506 W Harrison Street in West Loop Gate is currently undergoing an extensive interior and exterior renovation. This process overseen by development firm LXG and designed by DxU Architects began in January and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The renovation includes updated guest rooms, a new lobby and public spaces, and enhanced amenities including the rooftop pool deck.
Beyond the aforementioned interior work, the 62-year-old building is also receiving a modernization of its facade, transitioning from a tan exterior to a grayscale theme. The primary color is now a dark gray, with lighter-toned secondary paneling throughout. The faux-gables protruding the roofline have also been removed. Given that the building will remain a Holiday Inn & Suites, the hotel brand’s signage has been re-added.
Along with its rear surface parking, the hotel site lies within several nearby transportation options. Bus service for Routes 7, 37, 60, 125, and 157 can all be found within a single block, while the closest CTA Blue Line trains are available at Clinton station along the northwest corner of the property. Additional means of transit include multiple Divvy Bike stations, as well as the Amtrak and Metra at Union station via a six-minute walk north.
While it is a smaller-scale project, this renovation is part of a notable large-scale trend. This and other projects such as the massive new rooftop deck at the Old Post Office Building, BMO Tower and its attached urban park, as well as a multitude of road infrastructure improvements are all harbingers for a coming surge in new West Loop Gate density, which could ultimately tip the scale towards capping the Kennedy Expressway.
Level Construction is serving as general contractor for the project, with a total reported cost at approximately half a million dollars.