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October 24, 2017

Supplier News: Big Venue Updates in Chicago, Waikiki

The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile and Sheraton Waikiki both announced big meeting space updates this week.

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Sheraton Waikiki Debuts Major Ballroom Update

The Sheraton Waikiki has rolled out a new update to its meetings and convention space for the first time in nearly a decade. 

The $1.4 million project updated the Oahu hotel’s meeting and convention facilities over the summer, including the Hawaii Ballroom, which at 26,000 square feet is one of the largest hotel ballrooms in Waikiki

The 1,636-room resort has space for groups of between 10 and 2,500 people. In addition to the ballroom, there are other suites and breakout spaces, several with ocean views. The Hawaii Ballroom foyer also now has new furnishings, and the entire second floor has updated technology. 

Inspiration for the 100,000 square feet of custom-designed carpet came from Hawaii’s archipelago and its importance to the Pacific region. The carpet design details ocean current-inspired charts, while the colors were inspired by the surrounding land, ocean and sky. The carpet design also matches many of the cultural works of art housed at the Sheraton Waikiki, including the sand sculpture in the lobby and the mural in the Aloha Landing that depicts a lei being sewn. 

In addition to the new customized carpet, more than 200 gallons of paint and primer were used. The upgraded ballroom also has 3,000 new banquet chairs. The work lasted about a month and opened on Friday, September 8, when The Queen’s Health Systems (QHS) became the first group to have a function in the new space. Queen’s is the leading healthcare company in the islands and Pacific Region and had more than 1,000 of its stakeholders attend its annual Benefit Dinner event. 

The resort’s culinary teams now have more than $200,000 in state-of-the-art buffet equipment as part of the upgrades. In addition, Sheraton Waikiki’s food and beverage operations adhere to a “Farm-to-Table” concept, serving local ingredients. 

Groups can request for proposals by going to Sheraton Waikiki’s Meetings Overview Page on the website.

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Chicago Marriott on Magnificent Mile to Renovate Event Space

The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile announced that the hotel’s meeting and event space will undergo a complete renovation to be completed in February 2018.

The hotel will be reinventing all seven floors of approximately 90,000 square feet of public, convention and event spaces, starting early December 2017 through early February 2018. The last meeting and event space renovation was completed in 2008. The updates include new carpet, wall finishes, air wall refurbishment, lighting updates, and furniture.

The revamped space will include event hubs for social and business interactions, Meetings Imagined coordination, and teched-out event areas. The hotel has released a video walkthrough of the updates: 

The modernization was inspired by the concept of Chicago as “City in a Garden” by the design team of Chicago-based Zimmerman Weintraub Associates, LLC. They drew upon the history of the city as a hub of architecture, city planning, and transportation and its natural location along Lake Michigan, traversed by the Chicago River. Rusticated metal and wood finishes are juxtaposed with refined glass and stone accents, and the entire space is grounded by the architecturally influenced custom Axminster carpeting in a palette of warm greys and Indigos.

Additionally, the renovation of the hotel’s 1,200 guest rooms and suites will be complete in April 2018. The guest rooms and suites offer skyline views equipped with HD flat screen TVs, Revive bedding and accessories, and spacious bathrooms. 

The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile is directly on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, near the city’s main attractions. In addition to its meeting space and guest rooms, the hotel also has a farm-to-table Harvest restaurant, a grab-and-go Rush Street Pantry and a newly renovated fitness center with fitness classes. 

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