A downtown Evanston hotel is in the midst of a name change this week, with the “Hotel Orrington” name coming down off the marquee outside the building at 1710 Orrington Ave. to be replaced by branding for the “Hilton Orrington/Evanston.”

A downtown Evanston hotel is in the midst of a name change this week, with the “Hotel Orrington” name coming down off the marquee outside the building at 1710 Orrington Ave. to be replaced by branding for the “Hilton Orrington/Evanston.”

The switch was announced in February as part of a recapitalization of the property.

Hilton is calling the nine-story, 269-room property a boutique, Four Diamond hotel. Originally opened in 1923, the Orrington reopened in 2005 after a major renovation.

A lobby area at the Hilton Orrington.

“We are so pleased to be newly recognized among the Hilton Hotels portfolio of properties,” said Hilton Orrington/Evanston General Manager Russ Abell. “With our classic yet contemporary decor complimented with our prime North Shore location, Hilton Orrington/Evanston is a unique oasis of urban sophistication for the modern traveler to Chicago.”

The hotel is offering a grand opening special for stays through August that includes complementary champagne, a visit to the fitness center, a $30 dining credit and complimentary valet parking.

The hotel has 18,505 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet facilities, including a ballroom, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, creative catering services and an IACC-approved 12,000 square foot conference center for meetings from 10 to 300 people.

The change adds the Hilton brand to a second hotel in Evanston — which already has the Hilton Garden Inn on Maple Avenue, a few blocks away from the Orrington.

Top: A workman from Kieffer Sign Service arranges letters for the new hotel sign.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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