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JW Marriott foreclosure auction could be a broader sign of distress for the downtown hospitality industry

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CHICAGO — Wells Fargo Bank took control of the 610-room JW Marriott Chicago hotel Friday morning with a winning bid of nearly $251 million during a foreclosure auction. Orlando-based owner Estein USA hadn’t made a payment on the $203 million loan tied to the property at 151 West Adams St. since last summer, according to the Illinois Foreclosure Listing Service. The amount owed eventually grew to $243 million, and as trustee for investors in the loan, Wells Fargo filed a foreclosure lawsuit last year, and a sheriff’s sale was set for Friday. The bank was the sole bidder on the hotel, which rema…

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