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Catering to Millennials, new Moxy hotel opens in River North

Catering to Millennials, new Moxy hotel opens in River North,ph02

DLR Group’s long-awaited Moxy Chicago Downtown recently opened. Situated on a prominent corner in Chicago’s gallery district, the 8-story, 156-room modern hotel is a joint venture between owner Friedman Properties and developer White Lodging, and offers guests a contemporary aesthetic amid state-of-the-art, tech-focused amenities.

“Like its guests, Moxy sees itself as inclusive, connected and progressive,” said DLR Group design leader Stephen Cavanaugh. “Our team was excited to design a hotel that reflects this identity and create spaces that are modern and open, and reflect the building’s location amid one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

Located at 530 N. LaSalle Drive, the 62,000-square-foot hotel’s design incorporates a 6-story fine art installation integrated into the façade, created by local Chicago artist Jeff Zimmermann. DLR Group also worked with interior design firm Flick Mars to create a welcoming atmosphere with a locally-inspired contemporary aesthetic.

The lobby bar, which doubles as the hotel’s front desk, serves as the facility’s hub and is designed as a public space where tech-savvy visitors can network and provides guests ample opportunities for “Instagrammable” moments they can share on social media. The ground floor food and beverage experience appeals to locals as well as guests with its local-born artisan taco concept Zombie Taco and craft cocktails at Bar Moxy.

Large, overhead, operable glass walls engage the community and provide al-fresco dining and lounging that contributes to the River North neighborhood’s lively character. Guestrooms features an internal light well, plush platform beds, peg walls in lieu of closets, 49-inch LED TVs and abundant power and USB outlets supported by lightning-fast Wi-Fi.

Catering to Millennials, new Moxy hotel opens in River North,ph2