What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best for Foodies
- Sophisticated style that makes for an elegant vibe
- Jean-Georges Vongerichten–crafted menu at the historic Pump Room
- Free bikes are available for use to explore the city
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The Pump Room and Library Bar are evening scenes
- Expect to wait a bit for a drink at the busy Library Bar
- The property was renovated and re-branded in October 2011
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a 1926 landmark building in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, the first outpost of Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC brand bears the hotelier’s perfectionist signature at every turn, from the custom-designed lighting to the “no-color” palette. The posh lobby of the PUBLIC Chicago makes an immediate impression. A giant clock with a backward-moving hand ticks softly behind the front desk, bellhops dressed in vest/tie/jeans/sneakers getups move through the Art Deco–inspired doors, and Mac computers rest on a table beneath archways and rectangular columns. It’s a lively introduction to this elegant hotel.
Bed & Bath
The 285 guestrooms evoke a minimalist glamour, thanks to a palette of black, taupe and white, and luxe details like glass hurricanes, coffee table books and sheepskin throws. There are also local touches like framed black-and-white photos by Jean-Baptiste Mondino and curated postcards of iconic Chicago jazz musicians, which hint at the building’s past as a celebrity hot spot. The sleek style transfers into big bathrooms, with Thassos mosiac tile floors and custom Corian sinks and soaking tubs.
The historic Pump Room — onetime host to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra — draws a lively crowd for its reimagined, ultra-chic interiors and Jean-Georges Vongerichten-crafted menu. The space is outfitted with leather booths and glowing earth-toned orbs that hang from the ceiling; the lighting is dim, but the energy is high. The reasonably priced menu features dishes like Lake Superior whitefish with chilies, red bliss potatoes and spinach. If you failed to make reservations, you’ll have to pass a long wait at the Library Bar. It’s an utter joy thanks to leather couches big enough to seat 10 and pisco cocktails made with rosemary, grapefruit juice and house-made grenadine.
In the Area
The downtown Art Institute houses famous works like American Gothic by Grant Wood and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. Nearby, the Tavern on Rush serves such steakhouse fare as bone-in filet mignon and New York strip. Oak Street, a half-mile to the south, is lined with high-end boutiques including Barneys New York, Hermès and Prada. Only a stone’s throw from the hotel, the 3rd Coast Café & Wine Bar has a laid-back vibe and a wall of wide-ranging wine options.
How to Get There
Stayed two nights at this grand hotel. Very favorable experience overall. Great location near lakefront, Lincoln Park, Old Town etc. Beds are low to floor but very comfortable. Bathroom is small but serviceable. I was given a room directly in front of elevators, but thankfully noise was not bad. Great bar in hotel also.
As a person with handicaps, due to multiple knee and hip surgery, as well as the usual infirmities due to old age, I was angered at the thoughtlessness of this hostlery to my needs.It has transformed itself into a boutique hotel, but without the unique touches one finds in such a place. First, to enter the hotel, you must climb marble steps- no ramps. But once you enter, the real problems begin! There are restaurants and bars, only accessible by stairs, and once you get in these places, cdifferent levels require more stairs. In bathrooms, there are no "grab" bars or bath mats. Floors in bathrooms, are very old tiles that look circa 1920. I see no way for a guest confined to a wheelchair to stay at this hotel.This place is located in a residential neighborhood, so parking is non existent, though they do provide valet parking. This was the home of the iconic PUMP ROOM, where celebrities visiting Chicago made it a point to be seen and photographed. Apparently the buyers of the hotel balked at the price of the name so it is no more. It is just a city block from the Outer Drive and the shores of Lake Michigan, and also a short walk to Michigan Avenue. There is a breakfast menu M-F, also coffee and pastries. On Saturdays and Sunday's, there is a good buffet breakfast for only $ 14.95. I liked the ease at regulating room temps, also TV was easy to use. Had to ask for additional bath towels. Be alerted that this hotel does allow dogs so you can only hope that there are no fleas in your room- my wife, who is very short, was jumped on in an elevator by a large hunting dog in the hotel elevator- a very frightening experience!
Walnut Creek, Ca
Omg not worth it. Spent 221$ for one night and that was with a wedding block discount. Check in was 3 pm we arrived 330. Room wasn’t ready. Had to stand at the check in for 15 minutes. Lady never even apologized for the wait or wished us a “nice stay”. Sheet on bed had a stain on it. Bathroom wasn’t clean. Had toothpaste marks on sink. Room is small. So not worth the money for downtown chicago. Way better upscale hotels.
We stayed two night at the ambassador hotel , which is nicely located. The entrance is nice and the porters are very friendly. The check in was slow and the check out as well, and the fact that the counters are solid and the staff can’t really walk around them makes is a bit clumsy.
The rooms themselves are big and space. However the bathrooms look a bit like “badly repainted” and the bath tub was chipped.
Generally the rooms are comfortable, and the beds
Are very good , but some of the items are a little run down.
I have been staying a quite a few hotels in Chicago, and this has a great location , both for a nice morning run at the lake or a nice dinner in the nicer part of Chicago. It’s all walking distance.
Great birthday getaway! Travis H. was a huge help in setting up a great night for my boyfriends birthday. The room was decorated with balloons when we got there, he attentive and always around for questions or anything we needed! It was in a great area as well. We had a wonderful stay. I would stay here again!