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Evanston’s venerable Hilton Orrington Hotel is expected to be sold to the Seattle-based Dow Hotel Company by the end of this month.

Dow representatives appeared before Evanston’s Liquor Control Review Board last week seeking approval to transfer the hotel’s liquor license to the new owners.

A Dow spokesman declined to confirm the planned sale or the anticipated selling price.

But attorney Thomas Bastian, who represented Dow at the liquor hearing, said the sale is scheduled to close June 27 and asked that the liquor permit request be placed on next Monday’s City Council agenda to provide time to also transfer the hotel’s state liquor license ahead of the scheduled closing.

Bastian confirmed that, assuming the sale is consummated, the new site manager is expected to be Michael McGuigan, who’s now general manager of Dow’s DoubleTree by Hilton O’Hare in Rosemont.

Bastian said Dow plans to run “exactly the same operation” and that most current employees will stay with the hotel.

“Nothing will change in terms of operations, except for some capital improvements,” Bastian added.

McGuigan, a veteran hotel executive, is expected to serve alongside Russ Abell, who is currently the Orrington’s general manager. Calls to Abell and McGuigan were not returned.

“We’re excited to be here. It’s a great property,” McGuigan told the liquor board.

McGuigan joined Dow Hotels in 2000 and has served as operations director for the Embassy Suites O’Hare. He began his career with Hyatt Hotels and in the Atlantic City casino industry.

Dow Hotel Company was founded in 1997 and owns a dozen hotels and manages a half-dozen others. It typically acquires or co-invests in properties with extensive food and beverage capabilities, such as the Hilton Orrington.

Its hotels operate under brands including Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Sheraton, and Crowne Plaza.

The Orrington’s current owner, Greenfield Partners LLC of South Norwalk, Conn., hired Los Angeles-based CBRE Inc. last December to sell the property.

With 269 rooms, it’s Evanston’s largest hotel. It was built in 1923 and acquired by Greenfield in 2003.

The hotel, at 1710 Orrington Ave., gained the Hilton nameplate in 2010 as part of a recapitalization of the property.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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