Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort
Client / Owner
The Gettys Group/Marriott International, Inc.
Architect / Engineer
Living + Lodging
Graycor was the general contractor for a major renovation to Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. The 423,875-square-foot renovation on 175 acres included upgrades to 395 guest rooms, a brightened porte-cochere entrance, an elegant lakeside pavilion, two new restaurants, a spa, a Starbucks café, and an overall ‘metro village’ design that is bright, inviting and contextual with the resort’s natural surroundings.
Guest rooms received a 21st century facelift, replacing exterior walls with floor-to-ceiling windows and replacing small window HVAC units with new VTAC systems. High-end finishes, such as marble, sliding glass shower doors, barn-style bathroom doors, and custom light fixtures complement the contemporary design while smart TVs, USB charging ports and upgraded Wi-Fi connectivity improve amenities.
The resort’s previous restaurant had accessibility issues with seating areas on four levels. In order to alleviate this issue, the entire space was leveled to make way for the new Three Embers restaurant. Natural light and dramatic views are now in abundance with a floor-to-ceiling curtain wall, and the connection to the resort’s second level is improved.
A sleek new timber porte-cochere structure, incorporated into the existing steel structure, ties the contemporary new design with the existing façade.
Designed in accordance with Marriott’s guidelines, it was essential that the redevelopment be constructed to the highest level of quality standards. Graycor managed the close coordination of the vendors specifically related to the guest room entry door upgrades, requiring installation of RFID card readers and new wood doors while existing doorframes remained.
The resort remained fully operational with the use of complex phasing and temporary partitions to minimize impact to guests and staff.