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
The one thing that stood out to us was the valets for the hotel, two in particular were exceptional and even helped us to our room as I have a disability on multiple occasions. These gentlemen were named James and Sean.They were so kind! Also the front desk people as well as the restaurant servers picked up on our needs and wants during our stay almost immediately, it was quite astonishing. We really felt that we were being served and well. And to top it off, it is a historical hotel and has the elegance to go along with it. Beautiful historical neighborhood as well with a gorgeous view of Michigan Lake.
This is my new favorite Chicago hotel. It's a short walk from Oak Street Beach, Michigan Ave, Lincoln Park, and Old Town restaurants. It was so convenient having a late dinner at Booth One the night we got in. Every staff member was wonderful.
A quiet and spacious room in the heart of a ritzy neighborhood- great food, shopping and the lakefront all within a few block radius. The hotel featured a great bar and the restaurant served lovely food.
Ambassador Chicago never fails to meet the mark! A great stay as always!! Staff is always friendly and helpful. Our room was very clean and nicely appointed. Travis H. is wonderful and a huge asset to this hotel.
The Ambassador is an updated classic hotel with all the charm from when Frank Sinatra hung out in the famous Pump Room back in the day (now Booth One). The location is by far the best of any hotel in Chicago. Oak Street Beach is 3 blocks away via walkway under Lake Shore Drive, the bars/restaurants on Division/Rush are a short 2 block walk, and the Red Line subway is 4 blocks. No cab/Uber needed when you stay here. Harry Caray, the late/great Cubs announcer, lived at the Ambassador during baseball season and he became known as the Mayor of Rush Street.