An Eco-Friendly Chicago Hotel

We're Committed to Being Green

The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is continuously improving our environmental performance through the development and sharing of best practices, training and recognition of excellence. In addition to utilizing technology to conserve energy as well as reducing and recycling the waste we produce, our Chicago hotel is committed to promoting effective environmental management to our key vendors and contractors. We are mindful of purchasing local products and eco-friendly products when available to reduce carbon emissions. Below are current examples of our green initiatives in action:


  • Our hotel has a recycling plan in place that monitors the amount of waste going to a landfill
  • Our hotel also has a battery, used PC and bulb recycling program that is also available to our employee and guests

Energy & Resource Management

  • LED light bulbs have been installed in 80% of our Downtown Chicago accommodations and 30% of meeting spaces & corridors with 100% completion anticipated by mid-2017
  • Hotel has a towel and sheet re-use program
  • A water displacement device is installed in all guestroom toilets to reduce water consumption
  • Low flow aerators are installed in all sinks to reduce water consumption

Waste Minimization

  • Soap, shampoo/conditioner, and lotion dispensers are installed in the Fitness Center.
  • Our staff uses cloth napkins whenever possible
  • Coreless toilet paper rolls are in all public washrooms to reduce paper waste
  • Our hotel uses low VOC paints and products & all cleaning products and chemicals are Green Seal Certified 
  • Food waste is minimized using a 1,200 lb capacity Eco-Safe Digester that converts organic waste into liquid

Education & Community

  • For event planners, our hotel offers “green meeting” and “green wedding” options
  • The culinary team purchases locally grown organic products when available and has a partnership with a farm in Bristol, Wisconsin
  • A Green Resource Employee Action Team has been established to educate and empower hotel employees to actively participate in our green initiatives

Recent Green Accolades

  • We are the first Chicago hotel to receive an Energy Star rating (2008-present)
  • We also earned a StayGreen recognition from the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (2009-present)