Leopardo begins 15-story renovation to add Hilton-branded hotels in Chicago Loop

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Leopardo recently started construction on 238,000-sq.-ft., 15-story renovation and conversion in the heart of downtown Chicago across the street from Willis Tower.

The building, located at 226 W. Jackson St. The building, is the former headquarters of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and a National Historic Landmark dating back to 1904. The project calls for a dual-branded hotel with a 135-room Hilton Garden Inn, a 215-room Canopy by Hilton, and an independent rooftop restaurant/lounge.

The project consists of a complete gut renovation and construction of 350 total rooms and suites. The first floor will feature lobbies, amenities and conference rooms. The existing 15th floor will be modified with its roof removed in its entirety to build a new 16th-floor space with a restaurant/lounge.

In addition, the project includes renovation of six elevators, as well as the addition of a seventh.

Leopardo is collaborating with developer Phoenix Development, construction management firm Daccord and Hartshore Plunkard Architecture (HPA) to complete the project by the second quarter of 2021.

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