Shangri-La announces first US property

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced its first US property, the Shangri-La Hotel Chicago. It will open in early 2009 in the Waterview Tower by the Chicago River. The 200-room hotel will be situated on floors 12-27 of the 90-storey Waterview Tower, which will be within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Lake Michigan, the city's central business district and theatres and museums. "We took great care to find the very best location for our American debut, and we believe the Waterview Tower is the ideal launching pad for our brand within the US," said Shangri-La ceo and managing director Giovanni Angelini. The hotel will offer private function rooms and a grand ballroom accommodating up to 250 guests for cocktail receptions and 180 guests for dinner. www.shangri-la.com

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