Location, location, location: All the shopping, dining and nightlife of the Magnificent Mile is just steps away
Tech perks like iPhone/iPad docks and flatscreen TVs
One of the first skyscrapers built on Michigan Avenue in the roaring twenties
Once a hangout for Hollywood types like Bob Hope and Betty Grable
What To Know
Though a $60 million renovation modernized most of the hotel’s amenities, you’ll still have to embrace pokey elevators and smaller rooms as part of the Warwick Allerton’s historic charm
The hotel lobby is on the second floor and guest rooms vary in size and layout
Though the lounge serves solid American fare, there are more exciting food options in the area
Parking on site
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1920s architecture meets modern design in the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
When the building was declared a historic landmark in 1998, so was its famous Tip Top Tap neon sign, the only remains of a lively cocktail lounge that made The Warwick Allerton the “it” social spot of the ‘40s. Today, the Warwick Allerton’s modern decor pays tribute to its roaring twenties roots. The art deco-inspired lobby and M Avenue Lounge — with geometric patterns, tufted velvet chairs, curved settees and a checkered marble floor — blend tastefully with original design elements such as brass elevators and Italian Renaissance Revival arched windows.
Bed & Bath
Guest room decor is more subdued than the public spaces with pale yellow walls, soft white upholstered headboards and touches of inky navy. In case you somehow forget you’re staying in one of the oldest skyscrapers on the block, black-and-white photos of historic Chicago buildings hang on the walls. The all-marble bathrooms with pedestal sinks also pay tribute to the hotel’s past. Every room is laid out a bit differently and offers a different view (hint: request rooms on the higher floors with views of Michigan Avenue or Huron Street), but all rooms include flat-screen TVs and charging stations for your iPod and iPad.
To unwind after a day of touring the city, head to M Avenue Lounge, which serves up specialty martinis, beers and a small menu of American fare. Take advantage of the free WiFi (in-room WiFi is $9.95 per day), cozy up by the glass stone fireplace, and grab a drink while you catch up on emails or plan your next day’s agenda. Guests are also free to use the 24-hour business center computers, printer and fax machine. Although the hotel does not have a spa, you can schedule an in-room massage.
In the Area
Start with the basics: Deep-dish pizza is an institution here, so sink your teeth into a cheesy pie at Giordano’s, one of the city’s most famous pizzerias. The stuffed slice may be a Chicago cliché, but it’s a delicious cliché. When you’re ready to get the inside-bite on Chicago’s foodie scene, head over to the West Loop’s Girl and the Goat, a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel. Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s menu of inventive small plates includes escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce, and roasted beets with green beans, white anchovy and avocado crème fraîche. In a city known for its architectural history, a tour is a must. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers year-round walking and bus tours and seasonal riverboat tours led by local certified docents. Speaking of impressive architecture, don’t miss the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, designed by Renzo Piano.
Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago
701 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
How to Get There
Flights are available to O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from ORD and MDW, about 17 and 12 miles away, respectively, are approximately $95 (plus 20 percent gratuity) per limo, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Airport Express shuttle service to/from ORD is approximately $37 for two people, round-trip, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from ORD are approximately $60, each way. Alternatively, Airport Express shuttle service to/from MDW is approximately $29 for two people, round-trip, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from MDW are approximately $50, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, valet parking is available for $60, per day, with in and out privileges.