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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

A streamlined, sophisticated reno of a Neo-Georgian Gold Coast landmark by boutique hotel veteran Ian Schrager

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Ambassador Chicago
1301 N State Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 1907 Reviews
St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago
Reviewed 6 hours ago

Stayed at the Ambassador and wasn’t disappointed. Room was great and well designed and styled. One Booth (Bar/restaurant) at the hotel is off the hook. Great food and great cocktails (coming back for the Burt Reynolds).

Hidden Gem!
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is very old with so much history! I love that it's still alive and thriving! The lobby is absolutely beautiful, they have a breakfast buffet in the restaurant called The Library Bar which with the fireplace feels exactly like a library, warm and cozy! They have accessible options too, which is nice. If my grandma would come stay she has a bad knee and would have rails in the shower which I really appreciate! They are dog friendly and I love that so many places are pet friendly! The staff seems really sweet and are very accommodating and eager to help out which is also a plus. I'd definitely recommend this place to people. It's in a quiet neighborhood so its away from the bustling streets of Chicago but also walking distance from the Magnificent mile for all the food and shopping anyone could ask for.

Wound never stay here again
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel from the outside looks okay, the lobby is nice with the restaurant at the back but the room we had was absolutely terrible. It actually reminded me of a cheap motel room. I was very shocked that the room looked like that. It was a last minute stay before a hockey game and the room was plain, the bathroom was tiny, the AC unit seemed old and the carpet looked cheap. I did not take off my shoes while in here as I was incredibly uncomfortable. I wish I had pictures. From the reviews here I feel as if we must have had the worst room in the hotel as people seem to like the hotel. We booked off a secondary website and perhaps that's why we were given that particular room? We didn't fuss as I just assumed all the rooms looked like this and we were rushing out after we checked in but just something to think about before booking. I've stayed in multiple different hotels while visiting Chicago and this was probably the worst one.

More Like A Mayor Than Ambassador
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The stay was fine. There was no early checkin, I called only to be put on hold for 8 minutes and never answered again. When I arrived, it wasn’t busy at all so I’m not sure why I was on hold in the first place

I found the room to be a bit small, with no view, and the bathroom was not very clean. The grout in the tub needed a once over, and the floor still didn’t look very clean.

The bed slept fine and the linens were clean, and I ordered a breakfast room service that was very good.

At checkout there were several charges to my room (not made by me) that the concierge couldn’t find the receipt to, so she removed them. She was very nice about this, and breaking down the rest of the bill.

I booked the Hotel through an app called I Prefer that gives you perks, and they barely acknowledged it.

Overall, the stay was, fine. The lobby is exceptional though. Very beautiful. They accept pets, but are not wheelchair accessible. Close to other restaurants, bars, transportation, and pharmacies.

Very comfortable
Reviewed 1 month ago

Nice location - close to the lake and the metro/bus. Comfortable bed. Friendly staff. I liked that they had the option of purchasing late night snacks. It was very quiet in the night, do had a great night sleep. Room had a nice view of the lake and the city. Bit expensive, (e.g. a bottle of water in the room costs $6!) but worth it for a special occasion.