US: Oxford Hotels & Resorts has announced Hotel Julian Chicago will open in autumn 2018.
Oxford Capital Group and Quadrum Global partnership led the redevelopment and adaptive re-use hotel conversion of the historic Atlantic Bank Building at 168 North Michigan Avenue. The project is the flagship property of Oxford’s latest luxury lifestyle hotel brand named after St. Julian, the patron saint of hospitality and travellers.
The $75+ million development is preserving many of the original components of the Benjamin Marshall-designed building in the new hotel design. The brick walls in the hotel lobby and restaurant contain the original 100-year-old bricks.
“Located just steps from many of Chicago’s most prominent attractions – including Millennium Park, the Cultural Mile, Navy Pier, and the Riverwalk – Hotel Julian brings together the city’s celebrated architecture, compelling history, and cultural refinement,” said John Rutledge, founder, president, and chief executive officer of Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC and its parent company, Oxford Capital Group, LLC. “We consider Hotel Julian an ‘original remix,’ synchronising some of Benjamin Marshall’s original classical elements with a distinctive contemporary five-story addition, while presenting a modern take on the luxury lifestyle hotel experience.”
Each of the 218 guest rooms offers views of Millennium Park, the lake, and the city. The hotel offers a 24-hour fitness centre with a Peloton Bike, TRX System, Star Trac Recumbent Bike, and Nautilus Strength Circuit Training Equipment, in addition to About Last Knife, Oxford’s latest chef-driven food and beverage concept/venue. Offering indoor and outdoor seating, About Last Knife features “a modern take on the classic steakhouse alongside a progressive beverage program”.
The interiors of the hotel rooms are designed by The Gettys Group. Rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, high ceilings, Frette linen and robes, PañPuri bath products, an espresso machine, SmartFridge, Samsung 55″ SMART Television, and smart thermostat.
“I’m honoured to be a part of the Hotel Julian opening team,” said Luda Chervona, area general manager for Hotel Julian Chicago. “The hotel brings together the best aspects of the city and is truly where the Magnificent Mile meets the Cultural Mile. We are delighted to introduce Oxford’s latest luxury lifestyle hotel to North Michigan Avenue/Millennium Park and look forward to welcoming guests to a one-of-a-kind destination.”