Hospitality and healthcare have always been intertwined—now more so than ever—as both industries exist to serve and care for others. The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District opened this summer in the Beaux-Arts classical-style landmark that was formerly the site of the Cook County Hospital.
The 342,000-sq.-ft. adaptive-reuse project is part of a $150-million multiphase plan spearheaded by Murphy Development and SOM, in a design-build collaboration with Walsh Construction, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., and KOO. The hotels are operated by Aimbridge Hospitality.
With roots dating back to 1857, the 210-key dual-branded property draws its inspiration from the building’s history. The hospital turned hotel is now both an official Chicago landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The design marries the Beaux-Arts details of the building architecture with comfortable contemporary pieces that embrace its exciting new repurposed future—the respectful juxtaposition of historic details with modern amenities,” said Jackie Koo, founder of KOO LLC.