St. Regis Chicago Opening March 2023 (Maybe?)

St. Regis Chicago Opening March 2023 (Maybe?)

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Back in 2020, I wrote about how Chicago was supposed to get a St. Regis. At the time the plan was for the hotel to open in 2021, so I wanted to provide an update on that, as it’s a city hotel that I’m sure will interest many.

Vista Tower was rebranded as St. Regis Chicago

In November 2020, Magellan Development Group LLC entered into an agreement with St. Regis over the Vista Tower project. With this, we saw the entire development, including a hotel and residences, rebranded as a St. Regis.

For some context, construction on Vista Tower started in 2016. The development consists of one massive building that has four stems (so that it from some angles looks like four separate buildings). At 101 floors, this will be the third tallest structure in Chicago. The first 11 floors will consist of a hotel, while floors 13 through 93 will consist of 393 residences, ranging in price from $1 million to $18.5 million.

Initially the hotel was supposed to be known as the Wanda Vista Hotel (this would have been Wanda’s first hotel in the US), but the entire project was rebranded as the St. Regis Chicago. This includes the residences, which will be branded as the Residences at the St. Regis Chicago.

St. Regis Chicago exterior

Basics of the St. Regis Chicago hotel

According to Marriott, the St. Regis Chicago is expected to open in March 2023. However, we see that timeline slip month-by-month, so it’s anyone’s guess when the hotel actually opens. Furthermore, the hotel isn’t accepting reservations. I suspect the hotel will almost certainly open in 2023, but I wouldn’t expect the March timeline to stick.

The St. Regis Chicago will feature 191 guest rooms and several dining options, including a fine dining restaurant with private rooms and an outdoor terrace, and an all-day dining restaurant and lounge. The hotel will also have an indoor pool with outdoor terrace, spa, fitness center, ballroom, and meeting rooms.

Initially The Alinea Group was supposed to be responsible for food & beverage outlets in the building. The company is behind Alinea Restaurant, Chicago’s three Michelin star restaurant. Unfortunately in late 2021 the company pulled out of the project, so that’s no longer in the cards.

Below are the limited hotel renderings available so far.

St. Regis Chicago room
St. Regis Chicago room
St. Regis Chicago pool

Bottom line

The St. Regis Chicago is expected to open in 2023. This is a rebranding of the Vista Tower project, which will be one of the tallest buildings in Chicago. While the renderings of the hotel look great, the catch is that the hotel probably won’t have the most amazing views, as it takes up the first 11 floors of a skyscraper.

Nonetheless I’m excited to check out this property, as it’s always nice to have a new luxury points option. And frankly as a Bonvoy elite member, I’m always more excited when I see St. Regis expand, rather than Ritz-Carlton, given the implications for elite benefits.

What do you make of the St. Regis Chicago?

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  1. Peter Guest

    F&B will be handled by LEYE

    https://www.magellandevelopment.com/lettuce-entertain-you-reveals-plans-for-two-restaurants-at-st-regis-chicago/

  2. Susan Guest

    The other comments are interesting as I live in Chicago and don't consider this area a war zone. It's in Lakeshore East / East Lakeshore which is not the same as the Loop and an absolutely stunning building. Tallest building in the world designed by a female architect (who also happens to lead the firm). I look forward to checking out the restaurants and finding an excuse to staycation!

    1. Penguin Guest

      I agree totally, I live in the Ukrainian Village and have been delighted to see the Vista slowly grace my skyline. I'm very excited Alinea pulled out, that man has enough in this town.

  3. Swimbikefly Guest

    Beware of visiting Chicago. 36 people have been shot in the Loop, location of this hotel, year to date ending 10/21. That is more than 2012-2019 combined.

    1. Santos Guest

      Yes, it is an absolute war zone. I encourage all Republicans to avoid the city of Chicago at all costs.

    2. JP in Chicago Guest

      I live a couple blocks from this building, along with thousands of other people just like me. I just took a nice morning walk down by the river. I got a latte from my favorite coffee shop, and sat for a while and drank it while watching the throngs of commuters and tourists walk by the window.

      My recommendation to you is to go touch grass.

    3. SwimBikeFly Guest

      I’m glad you had a nice morning. However, it doesn’t negate the 36 shootings in the loop so far this year.

      https://cwbchicago.com/2022/10/man-shot-in-the-loop-overnight-is-the-11th-person-shot-on-the-same-block-this-year.html

    4. Kelsey Guest

      No idea where you came up with the St Regis being in the exact location of 36 shootings. Lakeshore East is a wonderful and peaceful community. And the other guy telling all republicans to stay away from Chicago? Hmm

    5. George Guest

      LOL, are you that paranoid? Posting CWB articles tells us all exactly nothing,

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JP in Chicago Guest

I live a couple blocks from this building, along with thousands of other people just like me. I just took a nice morning walk down by the river. I got a latte from my favorite coffee shop, and sat for a while and drank it while watching the throngs of commuters and tourists walk by the window. My recommendation to you is to go touch grass.

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SwimBikeFly Guest

I’m glad you had a nice morning. However, it doesn’t negate the 36 shootings in the loop so far this year. https://cwbchicago.com/2022/10/man-shot-in-the-loop-overnight-is-the-11th-person-shot-on-the-same-block-this-year.html

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Susan Guest

The other comments are interesting as I live in Chicago and don't consider this area a war zone. It's in Lakeshore East / East Lakeshore which is not the same as the Loop and an absolutely stunning building. Tallest building in the world designed by a female architect (who also happens to lead the firm). I look forward to checking out the restaurants and finding an excuse to staycation!

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