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Hilton Chicago Wins Historic Hotels Of America 2015 Awards Of Excellence
Opened in 1927, Hilton Chicago Honored by Historic Preservation Program as New Member of the Year
November 13, 2015
CHICAGO - Hilton Chicago is pleased to announce it has received the New Member of the Year award from Historic Hotels of America at the 2015 Awards of Excellence. The 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner took place at West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) at French Lick Resort in West Baden Springs, Indiana on Thursday, October 8.
Hilton Chicago is one of more than 260 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. Opening its doors in 1927 as the Stevens Hotel, the Hilton Chicago was the recognized as the world's largest hotel at the time offering a "City within a City" feel with amenities such as a bowling alley, barber shop, rooftop miniature golf course, movie theater, ice cream shop and drug store.
The property features original 1927 French-crafted fixtures, Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, Fresco-style oil paintings and the remains of a French cruise liner in what is now known as the Normandie Lounge. Additionally, the hotel housed 10,000 U.S. Army air cadets during WWII and every president of the United States since Truman.
"We are delighted to honor Hilton Chicago in winning New Member of the Year," said Larry Horwitz, Executive Director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. "This award winning hotel represents the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a number of categories. We give them congratulations and wish them best success."
Award recipients were selected from nominees received from across America from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America. As the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America provides the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America.
"It's truly an honor to be recognized as a hotel of historic significance," said John Wells, General Manager of Hilton Chicago. "We take pride in preserving the cultural and historical integrity of the property and are delighted to be honored with the prestigious New Member of the Year award."
About Hilton Chicago
Conveniently located on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park, the iconic Hilton Chicago combines a contemporary design with an exciting atmosphere. With 1,544 guest rooms and more than 234,000 sq. ft. of meetings space, the hotel can accommodate large conferences and conventions, smaller meetings and elegant banquets. Additional amenities include an indoor running track, large fitness center, indoor pool as well as dining options including 720 South Bar & Grill, Kitty O'Sheas Irish Pub, and Herb N' Kitchen. www.hiltonchicagohotel.com
About Historic Hotels of AmericaTM
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world's finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit HistoricHotels.org.
Click here to see the About Historic Hotels of America video. To view the Historic Hotels of America 2015 Annual Directory ebook or download the free app on iTunes, Amazon, Google play, and the Windows Store.
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