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Davidson Hospitality Group to Manage 21c Museum Hotel Chicago

With more than 85 hotels in its portfolio, Davidson Hospitality Group brings its expertise to the art-infused hotel near the Magnificent Mile.

By Todd R. Berger

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21c Museum Hotel Chicago on Ontario Street

21c Museum Hotel Chicago

JRE Partners selected Atlanta-based Davidson Hospitality Group to manage 21c Museum Hotel Chicago. Located just steps from the famous Magnificent Mile shopping district in River North Chicago, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago is a multivenue museum and 297-room boutique hotel featuring 106 suites and 10,000 square feet of event space.

“We are excited to expand our footprint in the Windy City with the addition of this lifestyle hotel, which enriches the travel experience through art,” says Thom Geshay, CEO and president of Davidson Hospitality Group. “This marks the first of hopefully many more fruitful endeavors with JRE Partners. We look forward to delivering upon our promise to create exceptional value, infuse heart, and deliver industry-leading services to our team members and guests.”

“[In making this decision,] it was important for us to identify a management company with a deep-rooted passion for continuous innovation that caters to today’s independent traveler, and [Davidson’s lifestyle subsidiary] Pivot offers just that,” says Mike Tompkins, director of JRE Partners of New York City. “Through our partnership, our goal is to bolster 21c Museum Hotel Chicago as a multivenue destination for consumers of global culture and elevate the already standout programming and exhibitions.”

More than a hotel, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago is an artistic sanctuary between boutique hotel and museum, a perfect blend of design and history and the pioneering vision and innovative spirit of 21c. The property’s meeting and event space is curated with contemporary works of art. The exhibitions presented at 21c Museum Hotel Chicago are curated by 21c’s chief curator, Alice Gray Stites. Internationally renowned photographer and entrepreneur Nigel Barker serves as the property’s creative director, developing and overseeing several experience-based event programming and design initiatives.

“Our brand stands firmly on the belief that art can be a vital part of daily life,” says Sarah Robbins, chief operating officer of 21c Museum Hotels. “We are delighted to collaborate with the Pivot team in order to elevate 21c Museum Hotel Chicago as the center for culture, community, genuine hospitality, and artistic expression.”

In Chicago, Davidson’s Pivot also operates Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Other prolific hotels in the portfolio include Emery, Autograph Collection, in Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Fontaine in Kansas City, Missouri; Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska; The Alexander in Indianapolis, Indiana; and more.