O’Kelly Kasprak, a Chicago-based architecture and design firm specializing in the hospitality industry, has been awarded the renovation of the 328-room Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL. The project will occur in multiple phases over the next two years. The first phase, beginning January 2015, will entail renovation of public spaces including the lobby, restaurants, bar areas, ballrooms and meeting rooms, while the second phase, beginning July 2015, will focus on renovation of all guestrooms. The property, previously a Marriott hotel located at 3500 Midwest Road in Oak Brook, is scheduled for completion in March 2016.
“O’Kelly Kasprak is excited about the amount of design potential at the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center,” said Belinda O’Kelly, Principal at O’Kelly Kasprak. “It is rare that we have an opportunity to renovate an entire hotel property at one time, and we are enthusiastic about the transformation to a Hilton Resort.”
The Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is located on a 150 acre estate that is home to the Audubon-certified 18-hole championship Willow Crest Golf Course, and offers amenities including a 24- hour Fitness Center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball facilities, a game room and billiard tables. Dining options include The Grille restaurant and bar, Windows Restaurant, and the Lobby Bar and Café. The Conference Center features 42,000 sq. ft. of event space; including a 13,000 sq. ft. ballroom, a 145 seat amphitheater, a tented outdoor pavilion, 39 meeting rooms and a business center.
“I am very happy that Cresa selected O’Kelly Kasprak,” said Eric Nolin, Project Manager for Cresa, North America’s largest corporate real estate advisory firm. “Their creativity, attention to detail, and principal involvement throughout the process provides the comfort that we are getting the best possible results.” O’Kelly Kasprak has designed for top brands including Marriott, Hyatt, Holiday Inn, and other Hilton select service brands, both locally and nationwide. In addition to hotel properties, O’Kelly Kasprak has brought a hospitality design perspective to esteemed companies including Porsche, Compass Group, Lyfe Kitchen, Freshii, Roti, Mercato by Fabio Viviani, Sterling Spoon, Levy’s, Illy Espressemente, and BP. They also continue to develop larger commercial programs with Skychef, State Farm, and the City of Chicago.