The Margarita European Inn in downtown Evanston holds a  ribbon cutting for its remodeled building tonight.

The 42-room boutique hotel at 1566 Oak Ave. has recently finished a major renovation project.

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Evanston and the Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau are participating in the event from 5 to 7 p.m. at the hotel.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is scheduled to appear at the ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the upgrade to the hotel’s facilities the Margarita has also become part of the Ascend Collection of Boutique Hotels.

One of the newly remodeled hotel rooms.

Last year, when Margarita owner Michael Pure sought a rebate of city hotel taxes to help finance the $2 million renovation project, the idea drew fire from one of his competitors, Dave Reynolds of the Homestead.

A city committee approved the request anyway, but Pure ultimately was able to secure full private financing for the project and didn’t complete the request for city aid.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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