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Iconic Mies van der Rohe Building Now Home to Chicago's Newest Luxury Hotel

CHICAGO; September 10, 2013

Langham Hospitality Group's fourth U.S. property—The Langham, Chicago—opened September 10, 2013. Located in the last office building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, known for developing the modern skyscraper, the 316-room hotel resides within the 52-story landmarked riverfront property at 330 N. Wabash in the heart of downtown Chicago just minutes from the loop business district and Michigan Avenue.

Reflecting Langham's signature style and commitment to personalized, attentive service, this is the company's first purpose-built hotel in the United States. "After more than four years of planning and construction, we're delighted to be part of the Chicago community and bring our brand of European hospitality to this great city," said Langham Hospitality Group Vice President Katie Benson. "The Langham, Chicago was a labor of love for our Chairman, Dr. K.S. Lo, who is passionately committed to developing luxury hotels in heritage buildings. The opportunity to build our hotel within this landmark building was a great privilege." Other heritage properties Langham has invested in include The Langham, London, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena and The Langham, Boston.

The Langham, Chicago is the first hotel in the world to reside in a Mies van der Rohe designed building. Opened in 1971 as IBM's regional headquarters, the building was declared a Chicago Landmark in 2008 and entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March 2010. As the only Mies building to feature double-paned glass, now called thermopanes, it was on the forefront of the "green" movement. Featuring such Langham signature features as afternoon tea, a Club Lounge with dedicated butler service, Chuan Spa, based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the hotel also provides some of the city's largest standard guest rooms starting at 516 sq. ft., a Mediterranean-influenced restaurant and lounge (Travelle), 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space and a fine art collection featuring works by such noted artists as Jaume Plensa, Jua Ming, Judy Ledgerwood and Chicago architectural photographers Hedrich Blessing.

Architecture, Design, Art
Given the building's iconic status, the conversion of 13 of its floors into a luxury hotel involved the work of six architects and designers. Notable is the involvement of Chicago-based architect Dirk Lohan of Lohan Anderson. The grandson of Mies van der Rohe, Lohan worked on the IBM building in the mid to late 1960's with his grandfather. Lohan has taken the historic ground-floor lobby level and fashioned the space into a hotel reception area, mindful not to disrupt its original travertine walls and granite floors. The sofa featured within this space is patterned after an original piece that Mies designed for his daughter in the late 1940s which was never commercially produced but remained in the family. Audio speakers hidden within lampshades will provide lobby music while the importance of fine art, another Mies penchant, will be conveyed through the installation of four significant pieces of art from David Klamen, Enon Perez, Jaume Plensa and irgino Ferrari. From the ground floor, a bank of eight elevators takes guests to the hotel's main reception. Featuring expansive 22 ft.-high floor-to-ceiling windows, the room is punctuated by two fireplaces, views of the Chicago River and an art installation featuring more than 500 glass-blown pebbles (created in the Czech Republic by Lasvit) suspended from the ceiling and lit from above with LED lights. Chicago Architect of Record Goettsch Partners and London-based interior designer Richmond International, who previously worked on The Langham, London, created a space that marries the traditional aesthetics of the Langham brand within a Mies van der Rohe designed building. Focusing on clean lines, quality materials and precise detailing, The Langham, Chicago is a light and airy environment where the Chicago River and city's dynamic skyscrapers serve as the backdrop. The marriage between fine art, architecture and interiors is prevalent throughout the hotel. Architect and renowned interior designer Lauren Rottet selected the majority of the hotel's art. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe and his relationship with the Bauhaus School, Rottet selected American artists of Bauhaus descent, incorporating both well-known and emerging artists into the collection. More than 140 artists are showcased including, Judy Ledgerwood, Anish Kapoor, Monique Prieto and emerging artists Michele Grabner, Jan Ticy and Molly Zuckeran-Hartung.

Afternoon Tea
The adjoining Pavilion Lounge is the setting for The Langham's famous Tiffin afternoon tea. Paying homage to the company's flagship hotel, The Langham, London, considered to be the world's first grand hotel to serve afternoon tea, this mid-afternoon tradition is played out at Langham hotels around the world. The Pavilion is also open for breakfast, lunch and light dinner fare.

Guestrooms and Suites
The emphasis on art continues to the fifth-floor level, where the guest rooms begin. Guestrooms bathed in light from the floor-to-ceiling windows start at 516 sq. ft. in size and feature ceilings more than 10 feet high. Corresponding to the needs of today's guest, each room features 55-inch televisions (the largest in Chicago); a deskside "jack pack" offering video/audio, HDMI/Iphone/I-Touch play back of audio/video content and Ethernet capability; a custom-designed midcentury-style "cellerette" houses in-room tea and a Nespresso coffee machine, in addition to a selection of drinks and snacks. All rooms feature "do not disturb" and "make up room" buttons, individual overhead reading lights and individually identified light switches for ease of use. Bathrooms bathed in travertine stone, a favorite of Mies van der Rohe, measure 98 sq. ft. and feature heated towel racks, double-sinks and a wet room with a separate bathtub and rain shower. State-of-the-art REVEAL glass allows guests to turn clear glass to frosted glass at the push of a button, creating either a single oversized room or privacy between room and shower. All rooms feature a separate dressing room with dressing table and mirror.

Other features include La Bottega Dell' Albergo custom designed bathroom toiletries, magnifying makeup mirror and in-room traveling kit with dental set, shaving kit, sewing kit and other necessities. Complimentary WiFi, morning newspaper, overnight shoeshine and use of the hotel's fitness facility and pool are also included. A Cinema Suite, seating up to 16, is available for rental. For families, the hotel offers a Kid's Suite, featuring books, games and video programming. The hotel's Classic one-bedroom suites (28 total) feature a separate living room with a closet opening into a wet bar, a Mies-designed Knoll chaise lounge perched in the window and a large marble bathroom with whirlpool tub, separate shower and dressing room. Two 2600 sq. ft. signature suites, the Infinity Suite and Regent Suite, overlook the Chicago River and feature a fireplace, two bedrooms, two baths, powder room and fine art.

Langham Club Lounge
A standard feature of all Langham Hotels is the Club Lounge, available to guests who book any suite or a Club Level room. Measuring 4000 sq. ft. and overlooking the Chicago River from the 12th floor, the Club Lounge features dedicated butler service, complimentary pressing of three items, a check-in desk, an eight-seat conference room and a "need it now" closet holding often-forgotten necessities. Meals served include a breakfast buffet, light lunch, evening cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. For those with early arrivals or late departures, showers are available.

Travelle Restaurant, Lounge and Bar
The Langham, Chicago provides a distinctive breakfast, lunch and dinner experience in Travelle restaurant. Designed by the Rockwell Group and located on the second floor, this innovative restaurant with Mediterranean influences is under the direction of Chef Tim Graham (former executive chef at Michelin-starred TRU and Paris Club). Playing off the word "travel," the restaurant's concept was inspired by the popularity of Mediterranean travel in the late 1960's when the IBM building was conceived. A Chef's Table, adjoining a glass show-kitchen where guests can observe the chef at work, features menus representative of various regions from the spice markets of Turkey to the ports of Marseille. Travelle also features two wine walls with 300 bottles each and a tasting table for individual wine experiences. A1600-bottle wine list featuring international selections is featured. Adjoining the restaurant is Travelle Lounge and Bar. Overlooking the circular Marina Towers, this four-piece "deconstructed" bar offers classic cocktails. In the spirit of the 1950s and 60's, which is echoed in the design of the mid-century modern inspired room, a beverage trolley will move throughout the bar and lounge and serve cocktails tableside while guests enjoy the expansive views of the Chicago River and city skyscape. A selection of distinctive art, curated by the Art Protection Fund, highlights the space. Features include a 30 ft. long by 8 inch high digital art display by Yorgo Alexopoulos and embedded geometric "computer chip" paintings by Peter Halley.

Chuan Spa and Health Club
Occupying the hotel's entire 4th floor, The Langham, Chicago offers a 22,000 sq. ft. Health Club including a 9,000 sq. ft. Chuan Spa. Emphasizing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Chuan Spa was launched eight years ago at The Langham, Hong Kong. The spa features seven treatment rooms, including three couple facilities, and features more than 40 treatments which are a combination of traditional East meets West treatments along with such TCM treatments as acupuncture and moxibustion. The Chuan Spa experience includes a five-step journey which features use of the hotel's Himalyan salt sauna, Oriental steam room, herbal sauna and aromotherapy showers and four-sense loungers, a unique experience which stimulates light, sound, smell and touch. Chuan Spa is the only spa in the U.S. to offer these loungers along with a liquid healing pool located in the VIP Spirit Suite. The expansive Health Club features a 67 ft. pool, vitality pool, exercise studio, fitness center with LifeFitness equipment including treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers, bikes and a full range of strength-training equipment. Outside memberships to the health club are also available.

Meeting Rooms
Eleven elegantly appointed meeting rooms comprise the hotel's meeting facilities. The stunning Devonshire Ballroom located on the hotel's third floor features 22 ft. high floor- to-ceiling windows and four modern chandeliers. The room accommodates 312 for a reception and 280 for a sit down dinner. The Cambridge room is an ideal venue for smaller occasions as this elegant room can seat 225 for reception and 85 for a sit-down dinner. Located on the fourth floor are the Melbourne and Piccadilly Suite, two premier meeting rooms that overlook the Chicago River and can accommodate up to 100 for a reception. In addition the hotel offers eight luxurious conference rooms for small meetings and elegant receptions. A Business Center features free-standing computer terminals, portable phones and modem hook-ups as well as secretarial and translation services.

Flavours of Langham
Langham's signature gift shop, "Flavours of Langham", on the hotel's second floor, features the company's signature products including the Ginger Rose scent, which permeates all Langham Hotel lobbies worldwide, along with other specialty hotel and gift items.

For further information contact:
Kelly Chrischilles, Marketing Promotions Manager
T: 312-923-7030