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CHICAGO, August 23, 2013 - This summer, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, debuts a $2.5 million renovation of the hotel's 63,000 square feet of meeting space, which now includes 15 meeting rooms ranging from 400 to 16,000 square feet.  This project is the culmination of a more than $60 million lobby-to-roof renovation of the entire hotel.

"This final piece of our five year renovation unifies the meeting space with the contemporary feeling of the rest of the property, creating space that is both artistic, yet modern," said Mark Huntley, regional vice president and general manager. "The look of our new space is appealing to meeting planners, as well as social catering clients, and provides the perfect backdrop for a business meeting, corporate event or social gala."

The project was executed with an eye toward sustainability.  From paint to furniture, most of the items for the project were sourced within a few hundred miles of Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park.  Low VOC paint, compact fluorescent lighting fixtures and carpeting manufactured with minimal environmental impact were all pieces of the holistic "green" approach to the renovation. 

The renovation of the meeting space by renowned architects, Chicago-based Gettys Group, which specializes in creating sophisticated spaces with a focus on function and form, is meant to inspire creative and thoughtful meetings.  The soothing neutral color palette includes custom wall coverings and plush window treatments that add depth and texture to the space.  The unique carpeting has a tasteful design that is an abstract replication of the shimmering blue waters of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, as well as the stunning flowers at Millennium Park. New lighting with custom fixtures provides a balance of functionality with artistic flair. Majestic crystal chandeliers reflect the Fairmont's history of elegance.  

In addition to the enhancements of the existing meeting space, the project included the addition of Cuvee, a posh 1,360-square-foot event space located adjacent to the lobby, and a stately executive board room located on the 37th floor of the hotel.  

Several commissioned pieces of original artwork were unveiled as part of the renovation. Grafitto and Confetti, by Atlanta-based artist Ryan Coleman, are abstract giclée on canvas pieces on display in the Gold Room.  Glimmer Alert, another stunning giclée on canvas piece by New York City-based artist Eric Blum, is on display in the Regent Room.  Additional original art installations have also been added throughout the hotel.

About Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located in downtown Chicago.  With 687 guestrooms and 63,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel provides contemporary elegance and gracious hospitality. Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is also home to eno wine room and aria restaurant and bar, taking guests on an "east meets west" culinary experience. In addition to uniquely inspired dining and stylish accommodations, the hotel features an exclusive lifestyle spa.  mySpa affords eight treatment rooms and provides the perfect urban sanctuary from the busy and bustling Chicago streets.  For more information on Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, call 312-565-8000 or visit fairmont.com/chicago.

About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of more than 65 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. Fairmont balances the company's economic, environmental and social priorities and provides the framework for responsible hotel operations through the Sustainability Partnership program.  Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com.  Become a fan of Fairmont. Follow us on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and EveryonesAnOriginal.

Contact: Kate Hughes or Katharine Nichols - Heron & Associates

khughes@heronpr.com or knichols@heronpr.com / 773.969.5200

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