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Laurus Corp. acquires Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Hotel

Laurus Corp., a U.S.-based private real estate investment and development firm, has acquired the Renaissance O’Hare Hotel in Chicago.

Renaissance O’Hare Hotel in ChicagoLaurus Corp., a U.S.-based private real estate investment and development firm, has acquired the Renaissance O’Hare Hotel in Chicago.

The 362-suite upscale property is located on a 3.08-acre lot three miles from O’Hare International Airport and is situated in one of the most prominent office markets in Chicago. Opened in 2005, the 15-story hotel features more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space and amenities, including a fitness center, business center, pool, concierge and an airport shuttle.

In addition to its highly visible location near the airport and adjacent to the Kennedy Expressway/Interstate 90, the Renaissance O’Hare is positioned amid approximately 7 million square feet of Class A commercial office space in the O’Hare submarket and close to the corporate office parks in the Village of Rosemont. The Renaissance O’Hare attracts a steady base of corporate, group and leisure demand from the surrounding office complexes, which include the corporate headquarters for U.S. Cellular, True Value Hardware and Wilson Sporting Goods, and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and Allstate Arena.

“The Renaissance O’Hare is a high-profile asset in one of the best submarkets in Chicago. With the strong absorption in the office market and rapid recovery in the area’s convention business, the property is positioned for tremendous RevPAR growth going forward,” said Jean Paul Szita, president and chief financial officer of Laurus Corporation. “This property marks the sixth capital allocation from Laurus’ Ethika fund and displays an opportunity to acquire an asset at a significant discount to the replacement cost.”

A $6.5 million renovation program will further drive future performance. Renovations will include a complete refresh of guestrooms and corridors, food and beverage outlets and the hotel’s 5,000-square-foot ballroom.

“The property’s newness, the strength of its location and the opportunity to implement both operational and physical improvements to the asset has made this another compelling investment opportunity for Laurus,” said Austin Khan, chief investment officer. “We are bringing in Concord Hospitality Enterprises as the new management company, whom we work with on several of our properties, and they will be laser focused on enhancing the guest experience and driving bottom line performance for our investors.”

The hotel is located at 8500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.