Only fourth leader in 30-year history of the hotel will oversee expansive renovation
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, located along the famed Magnificent Mile, has named Stephen Wancha its new General Manager. Wancha, who was most recently Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, is only the fourth General Manager in the 30-year history of Four Seasons in Chicago.
“I am excited to return to Chicago and this iconic hotel,” says Wancha, who was previously Hotel Manager at the 345-room property. “We have been one of the leading luxury hotels in the city for decades, and now, it’s time to elevate our status even further with new, extraordinary experiences for guests and a new look in 2020.”
Wancha first joined the company in Las Vegas, and his first director position was at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis as Director of Food and Beverage. From there, he oversaw the opening food and beverage team of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Transferring next as Hotel Manager for Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, he led a multi-million guest room renovation, from corridors to rooms to suites.
At Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Wancha continued the attention to detail the Hotel is known for, as it is Canada’s first and only hotel to receive both AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. At this 55-storey flagship property for Four Seasons, he oversaw and led the team through renovations to The Spa, public areas and d|bar, a popular gathering place in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood.
Now at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago as General Manager, Wancha will oversee another renovation – the largest renovation in the Hotel’s history, revealing a new restaurant, newly re-imagined event spaces, lobby and arrival experience in spring 2020.
“Our refreshed, contemporary look will usher in a new era of Four Seasons in Chicago,” he comments. “The new restaurant and bar will be a great addition to the Gold Coast neighbourhood, and we will continue to host the city’s most sophisticated affairs in our new, modern ballrooms and meeting rooms.”