Hotel Chicago West Loop expands its art exhibition

Eloise Hanson By Eloise Hanson
4 weeks ago | Updated 4 weeks ago

US: The three-year old hotel will host an opening reception on 19 November to unveil the latest and most extensive additions to its Annex art initiative.

Hotel Chicago West Loop is a dual-purpose art and boutique lodging venue at 1622 W Jackson Boulevard.

The Annex encompasses the lobby, all four levels of guest hallway spaces and select guestrooms, with over 100 pieces of both permanent and rotating artwork.

Eight additional street murals (inside the guestrooms) by 10 leading Chicago urban artists are being added to The Annex. Artists include Asend, Mosher, Feral Grin, Tom Perkowitz, Louis Barak, Mr. Sandford, Quintero, and a collective of three muralists from Colindres Art.

The new murals will be judged by a committee of Chicago professionals, whereby one of the artists will receive $20,000 stipend and the opportunity to showcase their mural on the hotel's four-storey exterior in 2020.

In partnership with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab - starring artists with functional impairments that debuted earlier this year - the hotel will also introduce its next rotation of artwork at the opening event.

"We want to be known as Chicago's neighbourhood hotel and art gallery," said general manager, Jean-Luc Laramie. "Hotel Chicago West Loop gives guests a unique experience by mixing cultural experiences with comfortable and affordable accommodations".

The Annex and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is open to the general public for daily tours. When not in use, the street mural rooms are also open for public display.

The hotel plans to eventually decorate the majority of its 116 guestrooms with street mural artwork.

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