Hyatt Regency Chicago Lobby Renovation

151 East Upper Wacker Drive/Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

In Chicago's resurging hospitality market, perhaps no other project has transformed an existing hotel more dramatically than the renovation of the Hyatt Regency Atrium Lobby. This grand space conveys the excitement and energy of Chicago's largest hotel while it also defines comfortable, smaller-scaled spaces for program elements that include a new Registration Center, the American Craft Restaurant, Market Cafe, Big Bar, and Stetson's Steakhouse. These spaces are delineated through a craft-based vocabulary of wood trellises, screen walls, lighting arrays, local artwork, and water elements – all of which take their inspiration from regional themes relating to the river, prairie, and agricultural heritage. The tactilely-rich palette balances the warmth associated with these themes with the clean and modern aesthetic of a state-of-the art convention hotel. Hyatt’s sustainable goals were achieved through the use of all LED lighting, a new energy-efficient HVAC system, and passive concepts that include an expansive brise soleil under the existing skylight that unifies the space, softens the effect of direct sunlight, and reduces solar heat gain. Since the renovation, Hyatt has seen a dramatic increase in energy savings, revenues from its once underused food service amenities, and overall guest satisfaction.

Architect of Record

Bauer Latoza Studio

Associate Architect

Bentel & Bentel


Hyatt Regency Chicago

General Contractor

McHugh Construction Company


  • Alfred Benesch & Company
  • Grumman/Butkus
  • Kaplan Gehring McCarroll