IllinoisHospitality Leopardo begins 238,000-SF historical renovation for Hilton in Chicago Loop October 29, 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via email Leopardo recently began construction on a 238,000-square-foot, 15-story renovation and conversion at 226 W. Jackson Street in Chicago on behalf of developer Phoenix Development. Formerly the headquarters of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, the building will feature a dual-branded hotel with a 135-room Hilton Garden Inn and a 215-room Canopy by Hilton. A National Historic Landmark dating back to 1904, the property is located in the heart of downtown Chicago across the street from Willis Tower. Work on the project consists of a complete gut renovation and construction of 350 total rooms and suites. The first floor will feature lobbies, amenities and 232,000 square feet of conference rooms. The existing 15th floor will be modified with its roof removed in its entirety to build a new 16th floor space with an independent restaurant / lounge. The project will also consist of renovating six elevators, as well as the addition of a seventh. Phoenix Development has earmarked $100 million for the renovation work. Collaborating with Leopardo are Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, as well as Daccord serving as construction management firm. Completion on the project is slated for the second quarter of 2021.