Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/N. Loop/Michigan Ave

A Motoring Devotion


  • Historic, Renovation, Hotel Conversion


  • Interior Design
  • Gettys ONE
  • Procurement

Gettys ONE worked with Integrated Motor Club and Hampton Inn to create a three-story grand lobby dedicated to the portrayal of the building’s automobile heritage. A considerable portion of the $41 million renovation budget was devoted to the portrayal of the building’s history of car culture. The historic significance and renovated beauty of the iconic building is unique among Hampton properties.



The Gettys ONE team re-tuned the color palette of the Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown for overall visual harmony. We utilized taupe tones for the walls, uncovered the original terrazzo floors, and restored the iconic John Warner Norton mural featuring popular 1920s road destinations. Other lobby details include a 1928 Ford Model A classic car in one of the two mezzanine balconies, luxurious seating, and reconditioned animal and floral art deco motifs. The design team kept the grandeur and history of the building alive by using metallic tones, jewel hues and rich wood textures throughout the property.

The Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown has a total 143 guestrooms through 14 floors. In conjunction with restoration consultants and Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, we worked to preserve the history of the building by designing around and restoring the beamed ceilings, original lighting fixtures, leather doors, decorative plaster work maple paneling and herringbone maple floors in the guest rooms. Even with the incorporation of new technology, the team was able to maintain the sleek, contemporary art deco feel–when walking onto this property; it almost feels as if you’re stepping back into the luxurious 1920s. We also created a new, handsomely understated 67-seat cocktail bar, one of only a few for the Hampton brand.


  • J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, Judges’ Award Winner, Achievement in Sustainability
  • First-Ever Joseph Loundy Preservation Award given by Chicago Art Deco Society