CHICAGO—Becker Ventures and Aparium Hotel Group plan to reposition the Carbide & Carbon building located at 230 N. Michigan Ave. as St. Jane Chicago, slated to open spring 2018.
Ushering in a modern approach, this independent hotel experience will support Chicago’s place as a global architecture capital by honoring the gold-leaf tower known as the Carbide & Carbon building, according to the company.
Originally built in 1929, the building’s shape is that of a vintage green champagne bottle, as the Carbide & Carbon building’s design was said to have been inspired as a response to Prohibition. Located in the former Hard Rock Hotel in the heart of downtown Chicago, the converted 363-key hotel is named in honor of Jane Addams, a Chicago activist and the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
“Through our programming, we will celebrate and cater to the collective power of Chicago’s spirit and culture, making St. Jane the most authentic expression of our city for locals and visitors alike,” said Kevin Robinson, co-founder and COO of Aparium Hotel Group. “Uncommon people thrive in an environment that caters to their unique needs. Spaces like our 24th floor will be an excellent example of this as a place where guests and locals alike will feel perfectly comfortable spending their entire day.”
“We present environments and experiences that make every new day a chance to learn, explore and allow for impromptu collaboration, deep individual concentration and a round of cocktails once work is done. At St. Jane, we are dedicated to ensuring that this vision thrives,” added Mario Tricoci, co-founder and CEO of Aparium Hotel Group.
“Chicago deserves this beauty, and the Carbide & Carbon building deserves to be as impressive on the inside as much as it’s inspiring on the outside,” said Carrie Meghie, principal at Becker Ventures. “The hotel will also be a deeply rooted member of Chicago’s philanthropic community through giving back, and supporting local causes through sales and the hosting of charity events and meaningful donations.”
The hotel is being designed in partnership with Simeone Deary Design Group and Booth Hansen architects. Guestrooms will have city views and modern furnishings, as well as local amenities and artwork. The Tower at St. Jane, located on floors 25 and above, will have 33 premium suites and exclusive access to an indoor/outdoor 24th floor lounge.
There will be multiple F&B outlets in addition to the 24th floor lounge, including a full-service restaurant, market café, cocktail bar and 11,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.