ACME Hotel Company Chicago
What We Love
- Locals pack the hip Berkshire Room for craft cocktails
- Located in Chicago’s buzzy River North
- Free WiFi
- The hip decor gives the space a youthful vibe
What To Know
- The hotel was renovated in May 2012
- The cozy fitness center has a variety of state-of-the-art equipment
- Spa-inspired bathrooms are stocked with Lather products
- You must be 21 years old to check in
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A $3 million renovation transformed this River North sleep from its motel roots into a hip 130-room boutique property. Playful décor abounds, including lava lamps in the small lobby and Lady Gaga and Rolling Stones record sleeves in the elevators. The post-industrial aesthetic carries through to the teched out (if smallish) guest rooms, which feature graffiti-style handprints on canvases above the beds, red lip decals glowing on the backlit bathroom mirrors, and giant zipper Pop art prints in the King Suite living areas as well as speedy WiFi, 46-inch flatscreens, and minibars with local sweets. The centerpiece of the hotel is the funky Berkshire Room, a buzzy, Chicago fave where bartenders will craft surprise libations on the spot–just pick your spirit, your flavor preference and your glass, and they’ll work some magic. In the morning, ACME offers “Knock & Drop” delivery options, which include a thermos of fresh java, a copy of USA Today and a loud knock on the door for your wake-up call. As for everything else, you’re a stumble away from the best of Chicago’s River North bars, clubs and restaurants.
In the Area
ACME is mere blocks from Chicago’s celebrity chef outposts, including Frontera Grill from star chef Rick Bayless and Takashi Yagihashi’s Slurping Turtle. Just across the street is Pops for Champagne, a bar that specializes in all things bubbly. The downstairs bar, Watershed, serves craft beers and artisanal cocktails. Head a couple of blocks east to Michigan Ave (a.k.a. the Magnificent Mile), where you’ll find Nordstrom, Topshop and much, much more. Pop culture junkies will want to check out the nearby Broadcast Museum, which houses 18,000 square feet of television and radio exhibits, recordings and memorabilia. Allyu Spa, located along the Chicago River, offers a variety of services with an eco-friendly focus. Melt with the 60-minute Hot Stone Massage or the 75-minute Magnetic Skin Rejuvenation Facial.
How to Get There
Was in Chicago for business conference and rented through Airbnb. Was upgraded to suite room on top floor. Suite rooms have separate living room area with sink, microwave, mini-fridge, TV, couch, seating that is convenient and trendy with a view of the city. Hotel has a trendy bar with good mixed drinks, wine and snacks and a basement workout room and hot tub available to use when not rented for private events. There are a few markets nearby less than a block away.
We had an awesome time staying at the Acme. The coffee delivery service was so convenient, and the shower was wonderful. Super comfy beds and great amenities.
Also, wanted to shout out Karl Phillips, the “doorcierge,” who helped us get a cab when Lyft wouldn’t take us. He was so helpful!
The hotel is very cool. Love the artwork creative vibe. The location is great and all the staff was very helpful and smart. They deliver awesome coffee (free) in the morning. Room was dark and quiet to sleep and they have the best pillows ever!
Love little details such as the chalk for messages and the guitar in the room
We went with our young son and he loved
We love the Acme. If you’re a family with older kids, a couple, or a group of friends, the Acme has the best staff and best suites in downtown Chicago. Fantastic location, and a laidback fun vibe. The morning coffee is delish and delivered to your door for free! Captain Karl is the best bellman in town, and Juan and Ali at the front desk can hook you up with anything you need. Go Acme!
This little hotel has a lot going for it. First of all, it's location is great. It's close to theatres, shopping, bars, and restaurants. Upon check-in, the staff was very friendly and helpful. Jerome, the concierge, was there to answer any questions and be helpful in every manner that he could be. The rooms are very clean, hip, and have a very comfortable bed. A nice little complementary service that they offer is to have coffee delivered to your door in the morning at the time you specify. On top of that, there is a bakery located on the first floor as well as a cocktail bar.