One detail we regularly hear at the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is that people don’t even recognize there’s a resort situated in the middle of Chicago’s western suburbs. Most first-time guests are surprised by the amazing views from the huge windows in our lobby of our grounds and the Willow Crest Golf Course.
We happen to think it’s time to get to experience your local resort. There may be features about Oak Brook Hills you don’t know, so we’ve broken down five facts we think you’ll find interesting about the Hidden Gem of the Suburb. Of course if you want to book your stay now, it’s a great time to do so.
1. We’re the only Hilton resort in the Midwest
There are a number of Hilton resorts around the world. There are all-inclusive resorts in the tropics and warm-weather areas, but there are resorts in a lot of places in a lot of countries – such as Chicago. Despite this impressive list of resort-areas where someone can spend their vacation money, the only Hilton resort in the Midwest is right in Westmont, IL, and it’s the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center.
You might have thought our Hilton was just a hotel, but we’re a full-fledged resort. We offer amenities and activities other resorts within Hilton’s pantheon offer such as our restaurants, indoor and outdoor pool, our Monarch Spa, fitness center, in-room dining, and our championship golf course — Willow Crest. As we’ve talked about in other articles, staying at a resort means you can stay here and get all of your vacation needs taken care of without having to leave the property, which makes us unique from the other Hilton properties throughout the Midwest and Chicago area.
- The hotel was built nearly 40 years ago
Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center was built in the 1980s. Before it was a hotel and resort it was used as polo grounds, known as Healey Farm. The Butler family (who owned Carson Pirie Scott) built the resort. Eventually, the resort became a Marriott and remained so for eight years. For a time after that, the resort was run independently. Then, in 2014, we became a Hilton franchise with all the benefits that come with being associate with the Hilton name and, thus, the only Hilton resort throughout the midwestern United States.
This means there’s a tradition of presenting an upscale, singular, vacation, staycation, weekend getaway experience for travelers and locals. While we are open and available for anyone who wants to travel to the Chicago area and experience everything this historic city has to offer, we also cater to local residents who want to get away from everything without having to leave their backyard.
As the resort has grown over the decades, Oak Brook Hills has changed with times, offering new and exciting amenities and activities. We now cater to vacationers, business travelers as well as offering flexible spaces which can be used for business conferences, business events, meetings, social events, weddings and more. Over time, we have honed our skills to create a property which looks fantastic, but also provides top-notch service whether you’re here for business to leisure.
- We’re the home of Willow Crest Golf Course
It’s probably the first or second thing anyone who visits Oak Brook Hills notices. It’s pretty hard not to see how beautiful our building us, but it’s also almost impossible to miss the fact there is a full eighteen-hole championship golf course. Our resort works hard to make sure those grounds are beautiful and offer stunning views of the course (as well as the city), but if you’re a fan of golf or you know someone who is, Willow Crest offers challenges and beauty all in one place.
Famous architect Dick Nugent, who designed over 90 golf courses across 12 states during his career, designed Willow Crest as well. Willow Crest Golf Club offers unique challenges with our bunkers and water hazards. The course also happens to be a certified Audubon Sanctuary, so the wildlife you see at our golf resort are unlike what you’ll see at most places.
Did you know you can actually give golf as a gift? Yes, Willow Crest is an open public golf course, so you can come play almost any time, but when you sign up for either a golf course membership or purchase one of our Player’s Cards, you can give the golf fan in your life access to our golf course without the pesky blackout dates
There are more things Oak Brook Hills Resort can do for you than just provide a great place for your vacation or staycation. Having a resort nearby can be a huge benefit.
- We’re an IACC certified meeting center
Oak Brook Hills Resort is also a conference center. By becoming an IACC certified meeting center, it means we have to live up to the strict standards set by that organization of quality and services.
Oak Brook Hills is the perfect place for your monthly executives meeting, for example. Or if you have to plan that business conference that happens once a year and need a place that can help make sure you get the audio/visual equipment you need, but also food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We have all of that, plus, hundreds of rooms for out-of-towners to stay in while they’re here with access to everything the resort has to off when not working.
With over 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor flexible meeting space, you can easily have a business meeting or conference that also includes an outdoor reception. Or, if you want to add team building or golf outings to your event, we can do that, too.
Get work done, but save time to relax.
- We’re a popular site for weddings, wedding receptions and social events
Looking for a special place to have your wedding or wedding reception? Looking for a unique place for a high school reunion or other social affair? Our local resort is the place to go. As mentioned above, we have indoor and outdoor space, but we also have a four-season tent you can use for a unique wedding, reception or both.
The gorgeous grounds with its amazing flowers and foliage make Oak Brook Hills a very special event space for your social event or wedding. Plus, our wedding and event planners work with you to create the right event, help you choose the right food, the right rooms, etc. In addition, our staff sets up the food, helps take it all down, so you can just spend time enjoying the event.
Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center is ready to help
While it’s nice to think about a resort as a place far away, something you have to travel far to visit, there’s a resort in your backyard you may not even know about. Maybe it’s time to get to know your local Hilton resort and all the things the property offers. Of course, if you want to get away from everything and spend a weekend relaxing, there’s that opportunity. However, we can also be the place your out-of-town friends or relatives stay, the place where you go golfing or the place where you can have your annual business meeting, conference or plan and hold a wedding or reception.
Whatever your reasons, we hope you’ll stop by the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center. Book a stay or start planning your event now.