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The JW Marriott Chicago has a distinctive blend of historic architecture and modern, clean lines and colors. Before it transformed into a luxury hotel, the building served as the Continental & Commercial National Bank Building, designed by noted architect Daniel Burnham in the early 1900s. Thanks to a thoughtful renovation by Marriott, you can still see evidence of the building’s past life in the vaulted ceilings and winding staircases. A few pieces of artwork in the main lobby are modern renditions of Burnham’s original sketches of the building. Other works of art — abstracts featuring pops of red color — add a chic, contemporary vibe. Marble floors, rich furnishing and upscale chandeliers complete the elegant look. Additionally, there are several areas where the guest can spend hours relaxing or catching up on work before the Lobby Lounge begins happy hour.
Once a former bank, JW Marriott Chicago resides in a 1914 building designed by the great Daniel Burnham, who was a master architect, urban planner and Chicagoan through and through. The strong neo-classical building remains an architectural gem and much of the original flourishes remain intact while new, modernized details pay tribute to the building’s heritage. Public spaces have an Old World charm, including the opulent marble-clad lobby with winding staircases on either end of it. The luxury hotel feels at once both classic and modern — for instance, the hallways leading to guest rooms have grand, traditional crown moldings while the contemporary carpet motifs are rich with reds and golds. Guest rooms are all 21st-century, with sleek marble bathrooms and leather headboards, but they also have warm touches such as wood furnishings made by the Ohio Amish. It may sound like a mish-mash of styles, but the design blend beautifully works as it nods to a traditional, neo-classical past while staying firmly in the present.