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HILTON CONVERTS CHICAGO-AREA HOTEL

 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective today, the 247-room Northbrook Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza becomes the Northbrook Hilton. Located in the north Chicago area, it marks the company's 11th hotel in Illinois.
 "This stunning hotel will be a valued addition to our portfolio of fine Chicago-area hotels," said Donald Harrill, senior vice president of Hilton Hotels Corp. and executive vice president of Hilton Inns Inc., the company's franchise division.
 "We were attracted to Hilton because of its centralized reservation service, global sales force, effective marketing programs and brand support," said Frank Allgauer, owner. "I've been impressed with Hilton's performance at the Lisle-Naperville Hilton, which I also own, and anticipate the same effective results at Northbrook."
 Over the last several months, Hilton has added seven properties to its portfolio, including golf resorts in Florida and Georgia, business hotels in New Jersey, Maryland and Missouri, and an airport hotel in New Jersey. Northbrook is the third hotel to join Hilton from a major chain.
 Housed in two 10-story towers, the Northbrook Hilton just completed a $1.3 million renovation of its public areas, meeting space, restaurants and guest rooms.
 The hotel features one of Chicago-area's legendary, award-winning dining rooms, Allgauer's Fireside Restaurant, noted for its bakery and Sunday brunch. It will now operate under the name Allgauer's on the Riverfront.
 The executive level features concierge service and a lounge serving complimentary breakfast, beverages and cocktail hors d'oeuvres.
 The Northbrook Hilton offers 20,000-square-feet of meeting space, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom; a professional catering and banquet staff; an indoor pool; sauna; and exercise room. Free covered parking is available.
 Joy Weathers, who joined the staff in 1985 and has been managing the property for several years, will remain general manager.
 Located just west of the Tri-State Tollway and 12 miles north of O'Hare International Airport, the hotel offers an airport shuttle service.
 The Northbrook Hilton joins the company's other Illinois properties, which include Chicago Hilton and Towers, O'Hare Hilton, Palmer House Hilton, Woodfield Hilton, Buffalo Grove Hilton Garden Inn, Lisle/Naperville Hilton Inn, Oakbrook Terrace Hilton Suites, Oak Lawn Hilton Inn, North Shore Hilton and the Springfield Hilton.
 Hilton Hotels Corp. is recognized internationally as the preeminent hospitality, gaming and lodging company. With its Hilton and Conrad brands, the company develops, owns, manages and franchises hotel- casinos, resorts, vacation ownership and hotel properties throughout the United States and the world.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Whyte Simon or Kendra Walker of Hilton Media Relations, 310-205-4979/


CO: Hilton Hotels Corp.; Hilton Inns Inc. ST: California, Illinois IN: LEI SU: TNM

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