Navy Pier Hotel in Chicago to operate under Curio Collection by Hilton

First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG), a hotel management, acquisition, and development company, and Navy Pier—Chicago's mission-driven cultural district—announced on December 11 that its highly-anticipated Navy Pier hotel will operate upon opening in 2019 under the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, which has more than 40 remarkable independent hotels open around the world.

"Navy Pier has international recognition as one of the places that makes the city of Chicago a top-rated destination to live, work and play. We are thrilled to play a part in the vision to reimagine the entertainment and cultural options offered on the Pier with the development of the Navy Pier hotel," said Bob Habeeb, president and CEO, FHG.

The development, first announced in April 2016, will be located adjacent to Festival Hall at the eastern end of Navy Pier. With 222 rooms, guests will have views of the city, Lake Michigan, and the Pier, with floor to ceiling windows. Other plans for the hotel include a 30,000 square-foot rooftop restaurant and bar with skyline views, a high-energy first floor restaurant, and a fitness room.

"We are excited to be working with First Hospitality Group on this highly-anticipated development project, which will start construction in January 2018," said Bill Fortier, senior vice president, development, Americas, Hilton. "The Navy Pier Hotel will be located in a unique and even iconic part of the city and we look forward to its opening. It's truly going to be a special hotel for the Curio Collection by Hilton brand."

"The development of this hotel on the lake— the first of its kind in Chicago—serves as a monumental milestone in realizing Navy Pier's Centennial Vision, the framework that has guided us into the Pier's second century," said Navy Pier president and CEO Marilynn Gardner.

The Navy Pier hotel will join other existing and coming attractions, including the iconic Centennial Wheel' Festival Hall, the Pier's 170,000 square-foot exhibition space; a new wine bar and restaurant; the Pier's Food Experience, comprised of a more flavorful and elevated Chicago dining experience; and more.

Construction is slated to begin January 2018 and is expected for completion in the summer of 2019.

Acron, a Switzerland-based real estate company, has partnered with FHG on the project. Jackie Koo of KOO LLC, a Chicago-based full-service architecture, interior design and planning firm, is designing the project, and James McHugh Construction Co. is the builder. The project has created 600 construction jobs and is expected to create 300 permanent jobs.

Source: First Hospitality Group, Inc./PRNewswire