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
Stay in this upscale elite Chicago neighborhood and act like a local. . Historical neighborhood, and close enough to the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago. Snuggled in between Lincoln Park Zoo and the Magnificent Mile.
Last week third time we have stayed there in past year. Great location and staff. Have to single out Sharisse (sp?) in the bar area. She was a pleasure to have as our server, upbeat and enjoyable to talk to. Very knowledgeable about drinks and helped us with some local and new gin and vodka recommendations. Even more, she recommended another night spot to go to in the area that evening, and gave us the names of two people we should ask for.
We enjoy the entire staff and property as well. As someone else noted, Wayne was also especially helpful, professional and accessible. Highly recommend The Ambassador.
We stayed here for New Year’s Eve and the hotel was fantastic. The history at this place is impressive to say the least. Close to everything and the staff was great. Mr. Wayne took care of us and even got us a couple closing pictures. We’ll be back!
First time we stayed here. The hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood a couple of blocks north of Division. Easy walking distance to resturaunts and shops but not in the heart of the shopping district. For the most part the hotel was quiet except for the mornings when it seemed that there was a lot of cleaning or hallway work going on. Not sure what was happening but it did wake us up. The hotel was very clean and well kept. At night some of the common areas got a little crowded but this was on a weekend during the holiday time period so you would expect places to be croweded. Service was sloooooooow in both Booth 1 and the Library when we went for lunch and breakfast. Not sure of the reason. At one point we were the only onces sitting at a table. Because the hotel is a little out of the way, there was little to no street noise and it was easy to get to. No need to deal with Michigan Ave traffic.
I come here many times at Ambassador Bangkok. This hotel is very near Saint Louis hospital for checking up our health. This hotel has really perfect location, very easy to go everywhere. Lobby are clean looked very well. Staffs Puen & Feem & Fon at in the entrace are nice and very kind. Tomorrow I will go to hopital and have a sleep well at here!!!.