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Chicago Hotel Announces Guestroom Urban Mural Exhibit

February 24, 2018 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

In association with Hotel Chicago West Loop’s art “Annex” – Chicago’s newest hotel/gallery fusion, a groundbreaking street art exhibit will debut this spring inside the independent boutique hotel located at 1622 W. Jackson. Following a call-to-action that received nearly 70 submissions, two of Chicago’s most recognized urban artists, JC Rivera and Asend, have been chosen to lend their inspiration to hotel guestroom renovations by creating original wall murals that celebrate Chicago’s essence. When not in use, the featured mural rooms will be open and on public display – as is the rest of the Annex which houses nearly 100 pieces of renowned works.

The artwork on permanent display is ever-fresh to the traveler, but Hotel Chicago West Loop hopes to branch out with its first Urban Mural Exhibit initiative officially opening in April. “We want to offer something that appeals to locals and identifies with Chicago,” said General Manager Juan Monroig. “To achieve this, we’re giving platform to locally-based street artists to help us remodel.”

The Annex currently encompasses the lobby and all four guest hall spaces, featuring 2-D media (primarily photographic) works. The Urban Mural Exhibit, perhaps the first of its kind in Chicago, aims to add another element to the hotel museo concept by pulling visitors beyond the public space and into the guestroom for viewing. The two internationally-celebrated featured artists, who are receiving a stipend from Hotel Chicago West Loop to cover project expenses, are tasked with creating floor-to-ceiling wall murals inside a selection of guestrooms on the first level that are based on themes that celebrate the city like architecture, music, food, diversity, etc. The mural installations will begin this February and go on display indefinitely by late March. A public opening reception and viewing will be hosted in honor of the Annex Urban Mural Exhibit and its artists sometime in April (date TBD).

The Annex boasts an impressive permanent collection, all of which is on public display, and plans to host future programming with local cultural partners such as galleries, university art programs, and area artists to bring new, cutting-edge exhibits – including more street murals both inside and outside the hotel – on a rotating basis. To further support the local arts community, Hotel Chicago West Loop also engages in an art appreciation charitable endeavor. When a guest books any room at any time with special code “ANNEX,” 10% of the room rate gets donated to Arts Alliance Illinois, the state’s leading non-profit voice for the arts and arts education. Room rates at Hotel Chicago West Loop start at $119 nightly.

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