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Sam Cicero Tapped by Hotel News Now for COVID-19 Article

April 10, 2020

Cicero's Development Corp. president Sam Cicero shared how COVID-19 has changed the business of hotel renovation in the recent issue of Hotel News Now magazine.

Cicero's Designated an Essential Infrastructure Service Provider During COVID-19 Crisis in Illinois

March 24, 2020

Cicero's Development Corp. announced today it is maintaining its regular business activities during the COVID-19 crisis, as it is considered an "essential infrastructure" service provider under guidelines issued by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker that closed vast numbers of businesses statewide on Saturday.

Zara Johnson to retire after 30 years with Cicero's Development Corp.

October 3, 2019

Zara Johnson, who first joined Plainfield, Illinois-based Cicero’s Development in 1989 as office manager, will be retiring after 30 years with the company. Johnson will continue to share her talents at Cicero's Development on the part-time basis, contributing in the areas of marketing, administration and accounting, to support her transition.

Cicero's to Renovate Public Spaces in Final Phase of DoubleTree Midway Hotel Renovation

August 20, 2019

Cicero’s is starting on the final phase of the multimillion-dollar project that will bring the DoubleTree hospitality experience to the Midway location's lobby, restaurant, fitness center, outdoor patio and other public areas, so that guests can feel at home anywhere in the hotel.

Grab-and-Go Hotel Pantries Generate Profits and Improve Guest Satisfaction

July 26, 2019

Hotel pantries have long been discounted by owner/operators as oversized vending machines, essentially a guest amentity that they had neither the time nor the expertise to do right.

Cicero's Selected to Renovate New DoubleTree Hotel at Chicago's Midway Airport

February 21, 2019

Cicero's Development Corp, one of the country's leading renovation contractors for the hospitality industry, announced today it has been selected by Weglarz Company for the transformational renovation and rebranding of the Holiday Inn Midway hotel, located one mile from Chicago's Midway International Airport, to the DoubleTree® by Hilton Midway.

Tips for PIPs: Negotiate the Best Deal on Property Improvement Plans

November 14, 2018

PIPS are an expensive proposition. Not unsurprisingly, few hotel owners welcome them. But because PIPs are part and parcel of hotel ownership, the challenge is how to make an older hotel thoroughly contemporary and brand compliant, while keeping its PIP cost reasonable.

One Hotel’s Trash Is Another One’s Treasure

October 9, 2018

When hotels redecorate or upgrade they replace older furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) with new items. So, you may ask, what does a hotel undergoing a renovation do with 200 bedding sets and televisions? Or 450 mattresses? Or 250 sofas and chairs. Or two truckloads of mini-fridges? Thankfully, more and more hotels are combining décor overhauls with resale, reuse and philanthropy to keep old FF&E from landfills.

Cicero's Development Corp. Selected for "Pineapplization" of The Alise Boston Hotel

June 20, 2018

Cicero's Development Corp. announced today that it has the distinction of being selected to renovate The Alise Hotel, a 56-room boutique hotel located in Boston's historic South End. 

Sam Cicero, Jr. Quoted in Hotel Business magazine

May 31, 2018

Our president, Sam Cicero, Jr., is quoted in this Hotel Business magazine article on labor shortages in the hospitality industry.

Cicero's gives Facility Renovation Magazine readers ADA advice

April 23, 2018

Today, 28 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed, a surprising number of commercial properties remain non-accessible for the 50 million Americans with physical disabilities. In 2016 alone, more than 6,500 ADA lawsuits were filed in federal court relating to commercial properties which were deemed “disability unfriendly.”

Cicero's Gives Chicago Photo Studio Offices a New Image

March 28, 2018

Located in Chicago, Clutch Studios creates, produces and distributes brand marketing content for clients that range from Walt Disney to Harley-Davidson. With creativity at its core, Clutch Studio envisioned a renovation of its 10,000 sq ft offices into an open, uncluttered space that fostered fresh thinking and collaboration.  

Cicero's Featured In Commercial Construction and Renovation magazine

March 19, 2018

Office remodeling is an expense that is typically ignored by companies until it becomes a glaring necessity. As a result, a business may end up spending more money on the project than they initially budgeted, while losing more productive work time because the remodel goes from days to weeks to complete. 

Cicero's Completes Major Renovation of Adams Magnetics Corporate Headquarters

January 31, 2018

Adams Magnetics, a designer and manufacturer of industrial magnetic products, recognizes the importance of a well-appointed, modern workspace to employee productivity. So when it came time to give its Elmhurst, Illinois corporate office a total facelift, it turned to Cicero's Development Corp.

Best Practices in Construction Knock-out Punch Lists

December 8, 2017

Punch lists are a part of a construction contract that helps to meet and ensure the quality of the project. Throughout each phase of the construction process, a checklist is maintained by the contractor that details any unfinished and/or unacceptable work.

Today's Hotelier Magazine Features Cicero's Renovation Advice

November 9, 2016

Today's Hotelier, the official publication of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), this month put the focus on Cicero's Development Corp. Looking for an expert to explain how to measure a renovation contractor, the association turned to our president Sam Cicero, Jr., who contributed a guide for hotel owners and managers.

Hotel-Online.Com: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

October 16, 2016

In 2015, owners of hotels in the United States spent a record $6 billion on capital expenditures, including renovations. This compares to $2.7 billion spent in 2010 as the industry climbed out of the Great Recession.

Restrooms in The Drake Hotel Renovated

October 5, 2016

Cicero's has provided full renovation of two large public restrooms at the legendary Drake Hotel in Chicago. The restrooms received a refresh complimenting the same historic look that guests have enjoyed for decades.

Cicero's Awarded Sleep Inn & Suites PIP Renovation

September 9, 2016

Cicero's Development Corp., a general contractor specializing in the hospitality sector, was selected to renovate the Sleep Inn & Suites West Medical Center hotel in Amarillo, TX.

Sam Cicero's Jr. featured in Hotel Business Review

August 9, 2016

Cicero's president Sam Cicero, Jr. applied decades of hotel renovation experience in writing "Performance Measures Can Help Hotel Owners and Managers Select the Right Renovation Contractor" for HBR. It discusses the many value-added, non-financial advantages that a talented contractor brings to the hotel project.

Refresh Complete for Fairfield in Florida

July 25, 2016

Cicero's has completed a property-wide refresh of the Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel in Melbourne, FL for its client ONE Hospitality Group. 

Hotel Management Magazine Publishes Cicero's Top Ten Concerns of Hotel Owners about Renovations

April 13, 2016

Hotel Management magazine and Cicero's has partnered in publishing an invaluable new whitepaper resource for hotel owners that addresses virtually every concern they may have about renovations.

Coordination Between Hotel Renovation Team Members Is Key to Achieving ‘Wow’ Factor

March 25, 2016

There are many moving parts when refreshing or renovating a hotel property, and the key is engaging everyone involved early and often. This was the message by a panel of hospitality experts during the 28th annual Hunter Hotel Conference held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, including Sam Cicero, Jr., president of Cicero's Development Corp.


Popular Chicago Area Salon & Day Spa Gets Makeover from Cicero's

March 2, 2016

PLAINFIELD, IL, MARCH 2, 2016 -- Cicero's is showcasing the value of corroboration with the completion of its fifth renovation project for one of Chicago's leading beauty salons, Frank Gironda Salon & Day Spa.


Cicero's Development Corp. Awarded Renovation Contracts for Residence Inn and Staybridge Suites

January 11, 2016

PLAINFIELD, IL, JANUARY 11, 2016 -- Capping off a strong 2015, Cicero's announced today that it has been awarded renovation contracts for the Residence Inn by Marriott®, an extended stay hotel located outside of Chicago's Midway Airport, and the Staybridge Suites® in Oklahoma City. The multi-million dollar renovations will total nine floors and more than 240 guest suites.

Cicero's Announces New Lunch & Learn Series for Chicagoland Commercial Property Owners and Managers

January 4, 2016

To help property owners and managers avoid renovation problems, Cicero's announced today a new "Lunch and Learn" series that teaches the crucial steps needed to be taken from initial planning to project close-out.

Cicero's comments on Baha Mar project reported in Hotel Management

October 13, 2015

The troubled $3.5-billion Baha Mar project in Nassau, Bahamas, was an ambitious project from the start, with a four-year development timeline. Cicero's offers hotel investors tips on ensuring similar problems don't happen to them.

Sam Cicero, Sr., Founder of Cicero's Development Corp., to Speak at 21st Annual Lodging Conference

September 28, 2015

After 45 years in the hotel renovation industry, it comes as no surprise that Sam Cicero, Sr. will be a featured speaker on the panel "Grab Market Share with a Renovation, Conversion or Adaptive Re-Use" at The Lodging Conference.  

Illinois Real Estate Journal interviews Sam Cicero, Sr.

September 18, 2015

Cicero's Development Corporation's Samual Cicero on loving Florida, NASCAR and the firm's success.

Cicero's featured in Washington Post

September 1, 2015

Most hotel renovation stories are not dramatic. They’re minor inconveniences, such as construction noise or a closed pool. Sam Cicero, Sr., was invited to comment on renovations in this article, "The customer’s recourse when a hotel is undergoing renovations."

Cicero's to Sponsor North American Tourism & Hospitality Investment Conference

August 18, 2015

PLAINFIELD, IL, AUGUST 18, 2015 -- Cicero's  will be a featured sponsor of the 2015 North America Tourism & Hospitality Investment Conference (NATHIC). Scheduled for Nov. 4-6 at the Fontainebleau Hotel & Resort in Miami Beach, the Conference convenes hotel investors, owners, developers and contractors to address a range of issues critical to the hospitality industry in North America.

Cicero's Completes Renovation of Muscle Maker Grill in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

July 28, 2015

Cicero's today announced the completion of the design-build of a new Muscle Maker Grill in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. 

July 2015

When LODGING Magazine needed an expert for input for their July issue's Three Rules of Renovation, they tapped our founder, Sam Cicero, Sr. Read Sam's comments in the article.

Five Tips to Better Monitor Commercial Property Renovation Projects

July 6, 2015

Cicero's Development Corp. suggests that commercial building owners use the following tips to better monitor renovations projects.


Cicero's Launches New Website Highlighting Broad Range of Commercial Renovation Services

June 5, 2015

Cicero's Development Corp, a leading commercial property renovations contractor, is inviting visitors to explore its new website at

Cicero's to renovate power transmission manufacturer's US headquarters

April, 2015

Cicero's has been selected to lead a design-build project for NIDEC-SHIMPO, INC. that will help the power transmission manufacturer provide a healthier work environment for the employees in its Itasca, Illinois, facility. 

Cicero's to renovate Fairfield Inn near Chicago's Midway Airport

February 17, 2015

Cicero's will collaborate with Chicago-based architectural/interior/ADA design and project management firm Zimmerman Weintraub Associates LLC, in the multi-million dollar renovation of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Bedford Park, IL.

Hotel Renovations Continuing at Quick Pace

February 18, 2015

Sam Cicero, Sr. tells that the onset of the recession dried up demand, but since 2013, the hospitality industry has recovered, and the leading brands have started to press their operators to launch long-delayed property-improvement plans.

Millennial Appeal: 5 Ways Hotels Are Engaging Gen Y

February 5, 2015

"Authentic," "tech savvy" and "instant gratification" ... all phrases commonly used to describe the millennial generation, which is defined as those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s.

Seeing Green: Hotels Capitalize on Environmental Concerns

February 8, 2015

While most of us are accustomed to the sign in nearly every hotel room bathroom prompting us to reuse our towels to aid conservation efforts, millennials expect more when it comes to environmental awareness — and they want it without a price tag attached.

Cicero's renovates Wyndham Exterior

December 2014

Cicero’s completed the renovation of the first floor exterior of the Wyndham Houston.  According to the hotel's architect, Rick Carrell of Carrell Partners and Yost Architecture, Cicero's work on the property “looks better than our drawings”.

Cicero's helps Barbara Bates Foundation fight breast cancer

December 23, 2014

The Barbara Bates Foundation’s “Knocking Out Breast Cancer” presented a check for $80,000 to the Sinai Health Systems. Cicero’s Development was thanked as one of the supporters of this cause and our Zara Johnson attended as a board member. The event was covered by Channel 7 News (WLS).

Cicero’s to renovate three Hampton Inn Hotels in Pittsburgh

December 9, 2014

The simultaneous renovation of three hotels located within a major market and owned by a single management group underscores our ability to professionally schedule work to meet tight deadlines and budgets,” said Sam Cicero, Jr., president of Cicero’s Development Corp.

How A Gallon of Yellow Paint Changed Many Lives

September 19, 2014

In 1962, in the beginning of his sophomore year, Sam Cicero left high school at the age of 16. He began working at his father’s gas station. He got involved with NASCAR locally.

Cicero's complete meeting rooms of Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois

September 10, 20114

Ciceroʼs Development Corporation completed a multi-million dollar renovation of more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space in the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Oak Brook, Ill. 

Houston extended-stay undergoes multimillion-dollar facelift

September 7, 2014

The Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, located in Houston Texas was completely renovated by Cicero's.

Hotel Management: "Brands put the focus on façade facelifts"

July, 2014

What’s the point of having brand-new guestrooms and public spaces when your hotel’s exterior is behind the times? Sam Cicero, Jr. of CIcero's Development Corp. weighes in on how to fix the wrinkles in Hotel Management's July issue.

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