WITH THE COMPLETION of a multi-year, $10 million renovation, the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore in Skokie, Illinois, is now reopened. The reopening of the 250-room hotel also marked a special occasion for owner and operater Lakhani Hospitality.
The revamped Holiday Inn features improvements to its guestrooms, lobby, event spaces and pool. It includes 15,000 square feet of flexible banquet and meeting space that can be used for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceaneras, fundraisers and other events. The space can be divided into eight separate meeting rooms and can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.
It also features 14-foot high domes with custom-designed chandeliers and cove lighting as well as a new sound system.
“We may have a new look, but we will continue to provide the same superior service and experience that has made locals and tourists feel at home for years,” said Sheila Lakhani, Lakhani Hospitality’s chief operating officer.
Last week’s ribbon cutting also was a celebration of Lakhani Hospitality’s 15th year in business. Mansoorali Lakhani, an emigrant from Pakistan, began the company in 2004 with the purchase of the hotel and the Edens Tennis Club next door. The family constructed the connected 11,000-square-foot Skokie Banquet and Conference Center as part of the hotel in 2007.
The company, based in Skokie, also owns Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare and the Holiday Inn Oakbrook. “Being the family oriented man that he is, Lakhani wanted to create a family business through Lakhani Hospitality and currently works alongside his wife, Shamim Lakhani, and daughter, Sheila Lakhani Gilani,” a company spokesperson said.
Originally built as a Holiday Inn in the 1960s, the hotel is 12 miles from downtown Chicago. Chicago-themed artwork is on display throughout the hotel.
Last month Intercontinental Hotel Group celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of its Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. Over its five decades the hotel has become a part of Music City’s history as one of its first full-service hotels.