JW Marriott Hotel, Chicago

208 South LaSalle is a historic landmark located in the heart of Chicago’s Financial District. A Design Challenge was to take the hotels stately architectural styles of Daniel Burnham and blend this with a sophisticated elegance of today’s modern classic style. The inviting warmth of the Lobby is a fusion of grand scale; Burnham inspired details, rich color and a stimulating atmosphere.

The lounge is a luxurious living room tucked behind the elegant stairway in the Grand Hall of the Lobby. The warm inviting glow of the fire pulls one in and is enhanced by burgundy marble cladding the adjacent bar. Communal tables in Wenge wood and opulent white marble cladding create the envelope of the space. A beautiful fountain with calming ripples of the water gliding over the sculptural globe of the fountain. The fountains beauty is enhanced by a classic black and white floor pattern embellished with a gold diamond accent. The Marriott Great Room layout is a flexible setting for business or social events. The multi-functional settings can be used for individual business work, community connectivity working at the communal table or socially relaxing in the lounge area

As the guest moves to the second level, whether by the grand stairways or by the escalators, they are drawn to the magnificent lighting fixtures that hang majestically throughout the lobby.  The marble clad columns soar 30 feet high culminating in a dramatic ceiling design. 

Approaching the grand ballroom the guest is met with groin vaults and a rich layering of architectural details.  Grand chandeliers reflect luxury and warmth.  The prefunction area at the end of the ballroom backs up to a wine wall subtly offering glimpses of the Italian Florentine Steakhouse.


The Restaurant is a fresh design that blends urban with Italian country style. The handcrafted walnut bar is highlighted by contrasting warn Italian ceramic flooring in the bar area.  Floor to ceiling shelving displays restaurant utensils, cook books, and dry goods continuing the open kitchen experience throughout the perimeter seating at the bar as well as in the main dining. Slivers of lighting wash down over the guests creating a subtle mood in the main dining that is set off by the brilliant intensity of the artistic graphics placed around the perimeter.

The rich tones that pulled you into the Lobby area create the color palette for the Guestrooms. The lavish gold and brown tones will keep one warm on those cool Chicago nights and the luxurious red accent will make one feel glamorous when getting ready for a night out. The handcrafted furniture of the Guestrooms continues to bring in the subtle architectural details that were fluent throughout the public spaces, accented by custom decorative hardware. These pieces create an upscale and timeless experience in the historic Burnham tradition. 


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