Westin Chicago River North in Chicago

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Westin Chicago River North
Also known as:Westin River North Chicago
Formerly:Hotel Nikko Chicago

320 North Dearborn Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Near North Side 60654
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When the Chicago River is your front yard, you want to look at it. It's a marvelous resource to be admired and celebrated. The Westin Chicago River North has a front row seat for river scenery, and does everything it can to capture the splendor. While the building's narrow plot necessitated putting its smaller side towards the river, massive columns of bay windows allow guests to look not just out onto the river but up and down the river, admiring the local architecture.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Hotel rooms: 424
Timeline
  • February 4, 1987: This building was topped out with a Japanese black pine.
  • October 8, 1987: This hotel opened for business at a ceremony attended by Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and Japan Air Lines chairman Yoshio Ishikawa.
  • July, 2010: This building was bought by Host Hotels & Resorts for $165 million.
Notes
  • This building was developed by Japan Air Lines and Tishman Realty & Construction.
  • When this hotel had Japanese management, guests could get Japanese-style rooms.
  • The developers of this hotel paid the city of Chicago $200,000 to have a formal Japanese garden built across the river so that its guests would not have to look at the Wacker Drive viaduct.
  • Because this hotel was designed for Hapanese customers who are extra sensitive to noise, the rooms have extra sound insulation and the does are designed to block noise from coming in underneath.
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