The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel, opened its doors on Sept. 1, 2015 on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, housed within the landmark McGraw-Hill building which is adorned with sculptural panels created in 1929 by pioneering artist Gwen Lux, the hotel’s namesake. Yesterday, DiamondRock Hospitality Co., Crescent Hotels & Resorts, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts proudly announce the appointment of Kim Corrigan as General Manager of The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago. Ms. Corrigan brings more than 30 years of hospitality experience, and in this role will be responsible for providing leadership and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the 300-room Magnificent Mile hotel, including the sales and marketing departments, while maintaining focus on the strategic goals of The Gwen. The Gwen is the first in Chicago to join Starwood’s prestigious brand, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts that is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts on award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s distinctive heritage and unique character.
Ms. Corrigan recently served as General Manager of the historic Blackstone Renaissance Hotel in Chicago. During her three-year tenure there, she was recognized by the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association as the 2014 Hotelier of the Year for the Greater Chicagoland Area. Prior to her move to the Midwest, Ms. Corrigan resided in Denver, where she spent eight years as General Manager with various Hilton properties, including The Curtis in downtown, and almost a decade in Atlantic City, NJ, where she earned executive-level experience in operations at iconic casino properties, such as the Trump Taj Mahal, Merv Griffin’s Casino Hotel, and Bally’s Grand Casino Hotel. A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Ms. Corrigan began her role at The Gwen just prior to the property’s September 1st transition to Starwood from the Conrad Chicago.
Ms. Corrigan also brings a creative mindset to The Gwen that will embroider the energy and glamour of Chicago in the Art Deco era, with details such as a Prohibition Porter mixologist and an Artist’s Table dining experience. Surrounded by premier shopping, The Gwen, poised to deliver a new level of luxury, is connected to The Shops at North Bridge, providing enclosed access to upscale retailers, such as Nordstrom Michigan Avenue, Stuart Weitzman, and Hugo Boss. It is also minutes from The Loop, Chicago’s business district, as well as world-class dining, and exciting cultural and entertainment hot-spots.