CHICAGO - The 455-all suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile recently repurposed its atrium as the largest greenhouse in the city in launching its new "Sky Garden" concept and herb collection allowing the hotel to connect with its guests with a "direct-to-fork" approach. 

Given the climate in Chicago, most rooftop gardens are seasonal, active for only six months and not accessible to guests. The new 750-square foot Sky Garden is open and accessible 365 days a year with accessibility to guests whether staying at the hotel for business or leisure. The hotel's culinary team created the Sky Garden's herb collection that allows the hotel to connect with guests in a "direct-to-fork" manner, eliminating the middle man in an instantly identifiable and approachable way.   

"We are thrilled to debut the new Sky Garden and its herb collection to our guests," said Konstantine Drosos, general manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile. "It allows our guests to experience nature in an urban setting and educates them on our sustainability endeavors at the property level. This innovative concept further differentiates us from other hotels in the city and other Embassy Suites properties around the world by giving us a thoughtful and enjoyable connection to our patrons."

The herb collection at the Sky Garden features an extensive variety with over 1,000 pots of plants decorating the atrium and rotating on a seasonal basis. Currently, the herbs featured in the Sky Garden include mint, oregano, basil, sage and rosemary, providing a fragrant bouquet of different herbal scents sure to "cultivate the senses" of guests visiting the space. The downtown Chicago office of Calgary-based DIRTT Environmental Solutions installed the new Sky Garden.

The fresh herbs grown in the Sky Garden will be incorporated into the hotel's complimentary evening reception and cooked-to-order breakfast, two of the three brand pillars of Embassy Suites (the third being all-suite accommodations). The addition of an herb garden is a great way for the hotel to connect with guests. For breakfast, fresh herbs will be used in the preparation of omelets, herb potatoes, and herb-accented fruit on the buffet.  At the evening reception, the culinary team will be serving a rotating aqua fresca every night. Whether it is watermelon and rosemary, lemonade and thyme, or berry cooler and sage, the selections will be offered as non-alcoholic with the option to add a splash of alcohol* at the Evening Reception for a unique and fresh cocktail.

A selection of herb-centric dishes inspired by the atrium's Sky Garden will also be available on the menu at the hotel's 511 Lounge. The drink menu at the 511 Lounge will feature herb-inspired cocktails while herb-centric selection of meals will be added to the hotel's banquets menu with options ranging from semi-private events in the Sky Garden to private mixology parties with an "herb" focus.

Located in the heart of bustling downtown Chicago, the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel is within easy walking distance of top Chicago attractions including Michigan Avenue shopping, family fun at Navy Pier, Lake Michigan shore, the Chicago Contemporary Art Museum and the Chicago River. Visit Millennium Park or take a short taxi ride to all of the Chicago museums. Additionally, this downtown Chicago hotel is conveniently located within the River East Arts Complex, offering a fantastic range of entertainment that includes Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes, AMC River East 21, FTW Arcade, Niu Sushi, and more.  

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile provides guests with a full complement of services and amenities, including 20,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, indoor pool and sauna, gift shop and fitness center.  All Embassy Suites offer free made-to-order breakfast each morning, a nightly complimentary Evening Reception* and two-room suites with a separate living area, private bedroom, two flat-screen high-definition televisions and wet bar fitted with a microwave, complimentary 24-hour fitness and business centers, mini-fridge and a selection of gourmet coffee and teas from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

For reservations, visit Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile or call +1-312-836-5900.

* Service of alcohol is subject to State and Local Laws

Contacts:
Konstantine Drosos
General Manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
+1 312 836 5902
konstantine.drosos@hilton.com

Robert Allegrini
Hilton
+1 312 663 6516
robert.allegrini@hilton.com

About Embassy Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has more than 230 hotels with 49 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information, visit embassysuites.com or news.embassysuites.com. Connect online with Embassy Suites by Hilton at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

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