What We Love
- A historic 1920s building with a thoroughly modern look
- Outdoor rooftop space used for everything from morning yoga to evening drinks
- Menu designed by Michelin-starred Chef Paul Virant’s in the hotel's Perennial Virant
- Free WiFi for loyalty club members (free to join)
- Lovely views of the park, Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago
What To Know
- Impatient travelers take note: The elevators tend to be on the slow side
- The petite fitness center has all the basics, or staff can set you up at the swank Equinox for a fee
- The restaurant is such a local hit that reservations are highly recommended
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The historic 1920s building, which has played host to everyone from Al Capone to David Mamet, got a full makeover in 2012. The result is a fitting reflection of the neighborhood. Mismatched vintage drawers stack up to make a funky check-in desk, and cozy lounge chairs are upholstered in a patchwork of leather, floral and plaid. You’ll also find artwork by Chicagoans, both famous and undiscovered. The playful guest rooms also mix and match styles with chevron carpets, side tables reminiscent of vintage trunks, and industrial chairs upholstered in typographic fabrics. Art takes center stage, from headboards made from portraits to painterly pillows and a metallic balloon animal piggy bank (courtesy Jeff Koons), which guests can use to donate money to chartiable causes. Sixty percent of the rooms overlook Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park. Bathrooms are on the small side but include Lather Modern Apothecary products. Meanwhile, downstairs, Michelin-starred Paul Virant’s Perennial Virant draws a loyal following of locals with hearty seasonal fare, such as sweet pea ravioli with coriander, and duck schnitzel. In the summer months, the outdoor area fills up with brunchers sipping cocktails including the Wink and a Nod (whiskey, raspberry/rose petal syrup, grapefruit and egg white). The spacious rooftop does double duty as a yoga spot in the morning and a bar in the evening.
In the Area
Directly across the street is Lincoln Park, where visitors can head to the zoo (free admission), the conservatory and the Chicago History Museum. Less than a five-minute walk from the hotel is the world famous Second City, where such luminaries as Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell and Tina Fey have performed. You’re also a short walk from Wells Street, where you can shop for one-of-a-kind pieces in the boutique such as Adelaide. Better yet, have the concierge arrange a bike rental and put the pedals to the metal to explore this nabe’s best. You’ll look just like a local in no time.
How to Get There
We had a great stay at this hotel. Staff was extremely friendly and we were able to get a slightly upgraded room which gave us more space. The air-conditioner unit was a little bit funky but it kept the room cool during the day and it was a great distance from the wedding we had in Lincoln Park.
Be careful, they might NOT hold the room for you! Here is my story, I had made my booking well in advance, got at the hotel at 1am after a long day traveling, once at the reception I’m told that they have no room available for me as they had some water leakage in the last room available. When asked why they didn’t contact me, they said they had no contact reference (funny, as the reservation had been made using a corporate travel agency). What’s even worse is that instead of booking me on another hotel, they waited hoping I was not showing up (and would have charged me the full price). When I got there of course the closest available hotel was at the airport, so another 30 min drive. I won’t get to my bed before 2am.
I thought the hotel had a really cool vibe. The hotel team was all very nice and friendly. It was a very young crew working but all were professional. The rooms are small and older but had a great view of the lake. The bathroom was very small as well, the tub was old, but had great water pressure that kept temperature. The downfall was the guests in the room next to us were incredibly loud all weekend and talking from 2 am until 6:30 am. The hotel was very clean and had a comfortable bed.
Great decor. Great front desk staff. Had problems with the heat in our double room. It was a large room and they came to fix it. It didn't work. They came back and were able to fix one of the two Heating units and that helped. However half of the room was extremely cold as it was, including the bathroom. It was very cold weather. They did take money off our room but never offered a different room.
We stayed here because of a good rating on the Hotel Tonight app. I'll never stay here again. The location was perfect for the plans we had and the room was only $80 for the night. The room was TINY and unclean. The bathroom had no space to shower let alone get dressed for a night out. The AC/heater in the wall didn't keep the room warm, we stuffed a towel under the unit to keep the draft out. The rooftop bar was neat, but the drinks were not worth it. The only plus was that the staff was nice and the cafe had amazing coffee.