Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel has announced the completion of a $32 million renovation project. The second and final phase added a new ballroom with views of the Chicago River, an additional 4,000 square feet of meeting space, and a new rooftop bar with views of the city: Raised.
The hotel completed the first phase of this renovation project in May 2015, which revamped the lobby and guestrooms.
The hotel’s new 3,000 square-foot Looking Glass Ballroom for weddings and special events overlooks the Chicago River and some of the city’s most iconic architecture, including Marina Towers and the Wrigley Building. Also refreshed is the junior ballroom space, Cloud Gate Ballroom, increasing the space from 4,000 to 5,000 square feet. As a continuation of the art design on the first floor, the third floor breakout rooms have been renamed Adler, Lyric, and Improv – all paying homage to historical architectural landmarks and art in Chicago.
Located on the third floor of the hotel, Raised incorporates unique design elements of glass, iron, greenery, fire pits, and reclaimed wood to fill the space. The bar’s additional event space, Urban Blue, provides a spot for private events. Raised comfortably seats 50 guests indoors, and 200 guests throughout the overall indoor and outdoor space.