CHICAGO—Becker Ventures with Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group announced that next spring, the city’s Carbide & Carbon building will become the St. Jane Chicago, an independent lifestyle hotel brand.
Originally built in 1929, the gold-leaf tower Carbide & Carbon building is shaped like a vintage green champagne bottle and was said to have been inspired as a response to Prohibition. Formerly the Hard Rock Hotel, the downtown 363-key hotel will embrace the arts and culture that defines Chicago. The hotel is named in honor of Jane Addams, a pioneering Chicagoan, tireless activist, and the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. With the opening of St. Jane, Aparium Hotel Group and Becker Ventures aim to create a major differentiator in a market saturated with luxury, boutique, and lifestyle hotels, striving to fill a niche that the community and travelers are seeking.
“Through our programming, we will celebrate and cater to the collective power of Chicago’s spirit and culture, making St. Jane the most authentic expression of our city for locals and visitors alike,” said Kevin Robinson, co-founder and COO of Aparium Hotel Group. “Uncommon people thrive in an environment that caters to their unique needs. Spaces like our 24th floor will be an excellent example of this as a place where guests and locals alike will feel perfectly comfortable spending their entire day.”
“We present environments and experiences that make every new day a chance to learn, explore, and allow for impromptu collaboration, deep individual concentration, and a round of cocktails once work is done. At St. Jane, we are dedicated to ensuring that this vision thrives,” added Mario Tricoci, Cco-founder and CEO of Aparium Hotel Group.
“Chicago deserves this beauty, and the Carbide & Carbon building deserves to be as impressive on the inside as much as it’s inspiring on the outside,” says Carrie Meghie, principal at Becker Ventures. “The hotel will also be a deeply-rooted member of Chicago’s philanthropic community through giving back, and supporting local causes through sales and the hosting of charity events and meaningful donations.”
The hotel is being designed in partnership with award-winning Simeone Deary Design Group and Booth Hansen architects, creating a space in the Chicago skyline and lifestyle hotel market that will reminisce the city’s gilded past while celebrating its future. Guestrooms will have views of the city, unique local amenities, and artwork from Chicago artists and beyond. The Tower at St. Jane, located on floors 25 and above, will have 33 premium suites. Guests of The Tower will be afforded access to an exclusive indoor/outdoor 24th floor lounge.
St. Jane will host multiple drinking and dining outlets in addition to the 24th floor lounge, including a full-service restaurant, market café, cocktail bar, and 11,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.