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About Ritz-Carlton Chicago
Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) is a part of the Toronto-based Four Seasons chain of luxury hotels and resorts. Ritz-Carlton Chicago, an American Automobile Association (AAA) Five Diamond and Mobil Five Star hotel, is located atop Water Tower Place in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago is one of two properties under management by Four Seasons in the North Michigan Avenue area, as their namesake hotel Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is located a few blocks away. The hotel is not part of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, the name is used under special licensing agreements. Originally constructed in 1975, Four Seasons acquired the management contract for Ritz-Carlton Chicago in 1977. In 1985 it was decided that the number of guest rooms would be reduced to 435. Ritz-Carlton Chicago was designed and decorated in a classic luxury style with marble floorings and grand floral arrangements. Believing they lacked the brand recognition at the time in the area to attract a satisfactory client base they decided that with the purchase agreement that they would be able to maintain the historic Ritz-Carlton name indefinitely.