An art collection so seriously curated that even the guestroom art comes from top Chicago-area photographers
A playful room service menu that starts with truffle popcorn and ends with a butterscotch and bourbon milkshake
Impeccable, understated service, from valets who always catch the door to bath butlers who set a romantic scene
What To Know
Guestrooms renovated in winter 2010; NoMi, the spa and pool in 2011
The spa has only two treatment rooms
Aside from the NoMI Lounge and Garden, the hotel is a quiet, buzz-free zone
If you want cheaper eats, head across Michigan Avenue to the Water Tower Place’s food court
Parking on site
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A sleek contemporary showpiece that sets the gold standard for the Gold Coast
Hitting the sweet spot between minimalist restraint and modern luxury, this contemporary classic is the only high-end Chicago hotel that can claim North Michigan as an address. Its austerely cool façade, a column of limestone and glass, sets the tone for elegantly pared-down interiors that could pass for a contemporary art gallery. And for good reason. The associate curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art selected the ceramic sculptures and black-and-white photographs punctuating the hotel’s public spaces. And some sparkle is added by the hushed library’s gemstone and fossil collection, gleaming on polished bookshelves.
Bed & Bath
The airy guestrooms are an ebony and ivory sweep of oval glass desks, black leather Eames chairs, cherrywood dressers and arctic-white duvets. Deep window seats framing tall picture windows are fitted with cushions and lined with fat pillows so you can curl up in front of the expansive views of Lake Michigan, or of the Gold Coast skyline. You can also gaze out over the city from your marble soaking tub. Just open the sliding wooden privacy door that stands between the supersized bathroom — which includes black granite counters and a walk-in shower — and that stunning view.
Scooping all of the hotel’s amenities into one flowing playground, the Park Hyatt’s seventh floor comes fully stocked. Start in the NoMI Lounge for sushi and cocktails, or wander onto the garden terrace, which is anchored by its own teak bar and features some off-season surprises (such as a pop-up Christmas igloo boutique). The posh NoMI restaurant (a.k.a. the Kitchen) dishes up a very serious, eclectic menu: marinated hamachi, wild boar goulash, langoustine carpaccio and braised wagyu beef cheeks. And the constellation of the NoMI spa (signature treatment: a lake stone massage), a 24-hour fitness center and the indoor lap pool, banked by picture windows, offers a complete workout.
In the Area
If you’re inspired by the hotel’s art collection, head to the Museum of Contemporary Art, where the cutting-edge exhibits are complemented by a bilevel gift shop featuring a knockout selection of arty souvenirs. Or walk a few blocks west to River North, where photography galleries like the Catherine Edelman Gallery hang Hyatt-worthy shots. If you make it past North Michigan’s row of high-end shops without dropping too much dough, splurge on a victory dinner of crab tagliolini at Spiaggia.