A storied Days Inn on the border of Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods will soon be repositioned as a boutique hotel. Locally based hotel management company Oxford Hotels & Resorts LLC has unveiled plans to transform the 1920s building into the 135-key Hotel Versey following a revamp by Chipman Design Architecture, which is also headquartered in the city. Slated to debut under its new moniker late this spring, the property will stay open and affiliated with the Days Inn by Wyndham brand throughout renovations.
Originally named The Diversey Arms, the building was home to jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke in 1925. In the 1990s and 2000s, the property became known as the “Rock and Roll Days Inn” thanks to its popularity with such famed bands and musicians as late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, the Goo Goo Dolls, Radiohead, Sheryl Crow and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The lifestyle hotel’s new label pays tribute to its original namesake while tying in the building’s V-shaped structure, located on a triangular city block at the corner of Clark and Broadway Streets and Diversey Parkway. The designers say the property’s updated look will reference its locale, showcasing local art in all public spaces. It will also feature a street-front restaurant and a series of retail venues.
“The building’s prominent location gives us a great opportunity to serve a diverse range of travelers seeking a more authentic, neighborhood experience,” says John Rutledge, founder, president and ceo of Oxford Hotels & Resorts LLC and its parent company, Oxford Capital Group LLC. “Today’s discerning travelers look to engage with locals and learn about a city’s culture. We’re thrilled to be able to deliver a hotel product that will highlight the building’s layered history and surrounding community. We look forward to welcoming families visiting university students, Cubs fans, music lovers and all travelers that aim to ‘stay as a local.’”
“We believe a hotel like this is what this neighborhood has been missing,” adds George Jordan, senior vice president of operations for Oxford Hotels & Resorts LLC. “We’re excited to be able to introduce a hotel experience, typically reserved for core urban markets, to one of Chicago’s most visited neighborhoods.”
Hotel Versey will be Oxford’s 12th hotel project in the Chicagoland market. Its other properties there include LondonHouse Chicago, The Langham Chicago, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, Hotel Felix, Hotel Essex, Hyatt Magnificent Mile, Renaissance Chicago North Shore, Doubletree North Shore and Conference Center, Hyatt House Chicago-Northwest, and a lifestyle hotel under development on N. Michigan Avenue. The company also has properties in several other cities, including the Hotel Lexington NYC, The Metropolitan Hotel NYC, The Godfrey Hotel Boston and The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood.