Full-Service Hotel to Create Nearly 2,500 Construction and 500 Permanent Jobs
citizen | 3/7/2013, 3:31 p.m.
On February 19, Governor Pat Quinn, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the construction of a 1,200-room "headquarters hotel" near McCormick Place to accommodate convention and trade show business visitors. The hotel will facilitate a vibrant, authentic and walkable urban experience. The completion of this hotel will put distance between Chicago and its major convention and trade show competitors like Las Vegas and Orlando while boosting economic growth. It will create nearly 2,500 construction jobs and 500 permanent local jobs.
"McCormick Place is already a tremendous asset for our convention industry and an economic engine for all of Illinois," Governor Quinn said. "This new hotel will help us make the case why our state should be the first choice of any show anywhere, which will fuel our continued economic recovery and put more people to work."
"Building a headquarters hotel near McCormick Place will greatly impact Chicago's local economy while fostering massive jobs growth in the City," Mayor Emanuel said. "It further establishes Chicago as a world class City and the best destination for any convention or trade show."
The new 1,200-room headquarters hotel will allow McCormick Place to add approximately 15 new mid-market events per year, generating roughly 80,000 attendees. The hotel will cooperate with the existing Hyatt Regency McCormick Place to jointly host large group events. The number of hotel rooms in walking distance from the convention center will increase by 100 percent.
Upon completion, the hotel will allow convention visitors to use this single property as their headquarters, increasing efficiency and enjoyment throughout duration of their visit to Chicago. Additionally, the new hotel will host onsite function space to handle large food and beverage operations as well as large meetings and general session. It will increase access and draw visitors between McCormick Place and the South Loop, Chicago metro regions and across the Midwest.
The hotel will also directly benefit from the construction of a new green line station at McCormick Place, which has been announced by Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority.
"Building a headquarters hotel next to McCormick Place is a major step in taking Chicago's convention and meeting business to the next level," said Jim Reilly, MPEA chief executive officer.
"Hundreds of additional hotel rooms within walking distance of McCormick Place will strengthen our competitive edge and attract new business to Chicago. It also will generate hundreds of new fulltime and construction jobs and increase the vitality of the neighborhood surrounding McCormick Place. This is a great demonstration of how McCormick Place will continue to be a powerful economic engine for our region."
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is acquiring a new site for development to build the 1,200-room headquarters hotel adjacent to McCormick Place at an estimated cost of $396 million.