Popular with business travelers, this Doubletree Hotel is located between Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and many nearby corporate campuses. Throughout the hotel’s lobby, common areas, and conference center, this full renovation project included updating of the lobby, business center, corridors, and guest suites. Sophisticated finishes and thoughtful details provide a relaxing environment while guest rooms were updated with the latest brand-standard features.
While adjacent to a major expressway near O’Hare Airport, the hotel had almost no visibility due to its low laying site. To increase visibility, we replaced the low mansard roof with a 25-foot tall superstructure clad in solid and perforated metal siding to conceal mechanical equipment, provide building “wall” surface for signage (A local signage ordinance requirement.), and add apparent height and volumetric interest to the building. This structure extends past the expressway end of the building and to the ground providing semi-enclosed balconies for new suites. A similar smaller volume conceals the main elevator bank at the opposite end of the building, and a secondary elevator lobby is screened from solar heat gain by a six-story perforated metal screen.