The InterContinental Chicago is one of the city's most luxurious hotels and landmarks - located in the heart of the city on the famed "Magnificent Mile". The hotel was originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club, an exclusive men's club for members of the Shrine Organization. This unique hotel combines historic charm with contemporary elegance and modern efficiency. Referenced in architectural tours of Chicago, the hotel displays a stunning blend of architecture and art from all over the world. InterContinental Hotels recently engineered another multi-million dollar, sweeping renovation completed in 2001, featuring the four-story lobby with grand staircase and cast bronze ornamentation, 807 newly refurbished guest rooms and suites, and over 40,000 square feet of choice conference and banquet facilities, all resulting in a brilliant merger of old-world elegance with 21st-century craftsmanship. The InterContinental Chicago is a classic treasure of Chicago.
- InterContinental Chicago
- 505 North Michigan Avenue
- Chicago, IL 60611
- United States
Banquets & Meetings
With over 40,000 square feet of premier, state of the art conference and banquet function space, including six ballrooms and 30 meeting rooms, the InterContinental Chicago can accommodate gatherings of 10 - 1,000 persons. The hotel function space is extraordinarily unique, representing a variety of cultures and eras gone by. From the classic Cordova Boardroom for 20 people, to the Renaissance Room depicting the distinctive French period and era of Louis XVI, to the stunning 5,800 square foot Grand Ballroom - boasting a magnificent elliptical shape, 37 hand painted murals, and a spectacular 12,000 pound Baccarat Crystal Chandelier. The InterContinental is Chicago's ideal setting for business meetings and lavish social galas. Consistently recognized and awarded for outstanding facilities, superior conference servicing, and sophisticated international services, the InterContinental Chicago will execute every function detail flawlessly, and exceed all expectations.
The full-service Executive Business Center is conveniently located directly off the hotel lobby. A 24-hour resource that supports both the needs of demanding business travelers and conference attendees alike, the Executive Business Center offers secretarial services, copying and printing, mailing and shipping services, individual computer work stations, and full design services.
Fine Dining on Site
Zest offers contemporary American cuisine in a striking downtown setting. Zest features an open, airy atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling windows and a two-story dining room split by a cascading light curtain. Clean geometric lines, industrial light columns and high-back white leather chairs create a minimalist setting, where dramatic Michigan Avenue takes center stage. A handsome bar complements the restaurant with a wine list of 18 selections by the glass and more than 30 by the bottle. The Bar boasts an unrivalled location, charming decor, and a buzzing atmosphere- the perfect place to gather with friends or simply enjoy timealone. The Salon lounge offers the comfort of a living room setting. Afternoon Tea is served daily and cocktails can be ordered both day and evening. Exceptional Martini, Wine, Spirits and Light Fare Selections. Live Jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.
The hotel's state of the art Fitness Center spans three levels, and is one of the largest hotel Fitness Centers in Chicago. Including men's and women's private locker facilities, spacious shower stalls, dry saunas, and dedicated cardio/aerobic and strength training rooms, this comprehensive and full service Fitness Center is available to its guests 24 hours. Personal trainers, masseurs, and spa services are available upon request.
Directly above the hotel's Grand Ballroom is the historic Junior Olympic indoor swimming pool. The original Medinah Athletic Club included a gymnasium, running track, bowling alley, golfing and archery ranges; the pool was the only element to survive the years. Considered an engineering feat at the time it was built in 1929 (because it was above ground), the pool holds 120,000 gallons of water. Famous for its many visitors over the years, it was the personal favorite of Johnny Weissmuller, the Olympic gold medalist and original Tarzan star.
Nearby Lake Michigan.
World class shopping is right outside the hotel's door on N. Michigan Avenue - offering 460 stores in eight city blocks. Beyond the Chicago favorites like American Girl, Crate & Barrel and Niketown, choose from delectable restaurants, unique shops and several museums and galleries on the mile. The 900 N. Michigan Shops features the Midwest flagship Bloomingdale's. Water Tower Place at 835 N. Michigan features Marshall Field's, Lord & Taylor. The Shops at North Bridge, directly across the street from the hotel, is an elegant specialty store anchored by the Midwest flagship by Midwest flagship Nordstrom.
Theatre & Museums
Some of the most notable places of interest are in walking distance/close proximity to the hotel, such as the Art Institute, Field Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Water Tower Place, Navy Pier and Shedd Aquarium.
The hotel's Presidential Suite is located on the 35th floor of the Historic Tower, and overlooks both the Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan. This two level Suite features spectacular floor to ceiling windows, a beautiful staircase leading to the master bedroom, and four full baths.
Guest Review Highlights
- - Banquets & Meetings
- - Business Center
- - Meeting Space
- - Disabled Access
- - Executive Retreat
- - Fine Dining on Site
- - Fine Dining Nearby
- - Fitness Center
- - High Speed Internet
- - Pool, Indoor
- - Beach
- - Biking, Touring
- - Boating
- - Dining
- - Jogging & Running
- - Shopping
- - Theatre & Museums
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