May 15, 2017
We recently received the wonderful results of the second photo shoot for the Conrad by Hilton Chicago, a new 5-star, luxury Hotel located at 101 East Erie. This shoot, which was photographed by Anthony Tahlier for the Conrad by Hilton, includes more photos of the public spaces, guest rooms and restaurants as well as the ground floor plaza outside the hotels Il Tavolino CafÃ© and a couple more eye catching views of the dramatic two-floor lobby.
For the Conrad by Hilton, Epstein was the architect of record as well as civil, MEP/FP, and structural engineer working with a team of designers which included Pierre-Yves Rochon and the Puccini Group. In this role, Epstein was responsible for leading the design team and helping the Gellar Investment Company convert the upper 13 floors of the commercial office building at 101 East Erie, formerly known as the Draft FCB building, into a Conrad By Hilton hotel.
Epstein's designers and engineers coordinated the lobby design, guest rooms and public spaces created by Pierre-Yves Rochon while Epstein designed all of Hilton's Operational Spaces under the Conrad flag and brand standards. The Conrad by Hilton program included a 289 key hotel with public spaces on the ground floor and levels 8-20. Hotel operational functions occupied the 2nd basement level. Multiple food and beverage venues were developed by the Puccini Group. Typical guest rooms are located on levels 8-18 with a fitness center on level 8. Meeting rooms occupied level 19. Level 20 was conceived as an amenity level with Hotel check-in, Bar/Lounge, and kitchen supporting a 3-meal signature restaurant.
This hotel also features a visually impressive spiral stair case and atrium that connects levels 18 & 19, and a rooftop terrace/restaurant that provides unique panoramic views down Michigan Avenue.
In addition to our design and engineering role, Epstein also provided technical assistance in determining the viability of this endeavor based on a history with this building and several options for re-development.