A man has filed a lawsuit against a hotel in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood, claiming that he was attacked by bed bugs in two separate rooms while staying there over the summer.
Allen Brown said he was staying at the Courtyard Marriott Chicago Downtown/River North hotel, located at 30 E. Hubbard St. on August 16, when he suffered “numerous bed bug bites” in his sleep, according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Dec. 27.
Brown, of Springfield, Ohio, notified hotel staff that he had been bitten by bed bugs, according to the lawsuit, at which point he was moved to a second room in the hotel – where he was bitten by more bed bugs.
"We counted about 130 total bites on my body," Brown said. "When you wake up to a bed bug bite, it digests your blood immediately. When I woke up there was blood all over the sheets. There was blood on me."
The suit against the Courtyard Management Corporation and Marriott Hotel Services, Inc. claims that the hotel rented rooms to guests knowing the rooms were infested, failed to conduct a reasonable inspection of its rooms, and failed to provide pest control services.
"My hands were swollen. My feet were swollen. I couldn’t shower," Brown added. "When I put clothes on – I mean, it’s excruciating."
Brown said his encounter has left him scarred both physically and mentally.
"Every little tickle," he said. "Every time the sheets move, you don’t know. I still have scars on my hands and my arms and my feet."
Brown seeks $50,000 plus court costs and attorney fees through the lawsuit, according to the complaint.
Pest control company Orkin reports the city moved down two spots for 2016 to take third behind Baltimore and Washington, D.C., when it comes to bed bug infestations.
When contacted, Courtyard Marriott said they do not comment on pending litigation.