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Hotel Rooms Occupied Reach New Record

Total hotel rooms occupied in Chicago reached a record 2.33 million for the first quarter, an increase of 10.5%, according to figures from Choose Chicago, the city’s destination marketing organization. The double-digit growth was credited to both a 7.1% increase in leisure rooms booked, and a 20.5% spike in group business.

The gains follow up on the record 55.2 million visitors coming to Chicago in 2017. “We’re encouraged to see the momentum continue, as Chicago experiences unparalleled growth, especially in winter visitation,” said Choose Chicago CEO David Whitaker. “A primary focus of Choose Chicago and our partners is to establish Chicago as a 12-month visitor destination for both vacationers and meetings delegates.”

Six new hotels opened in the CBD last year, with another eight scheduled to open in 2018. That figure includes the 175-key Hotel Zachary (pictured) that opened earlier this month, adjacent to Wrigley Field.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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