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
- 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
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.
Great location, easy to get to all areas of town. Staff was very friendly specially at the restaurant. Great quirky vibe to the place. Only drawback was it was difficult to not get the room to be too hot. I guess the rooms below and around us liked it hot as it seemed to come from a very where even though we had set the temp low. Eventually had to turn on the AC
Nice location, two restaurants, spacoius comfortable rooms a great service. Nice rooftop bar hwith happy hour. Good value in a central location. The staff were friendly and always ? Dad ybto assist you.
We had a wonderful suite overlooking the lake from the 12th floor on our multi-night stay in December. Views of the Zoo Lights and the lake were incredible. Staff was very friendly, coffee shop off the lobby was great and the restaurant, The Kennison, had a stellar staff and inventive food. The convenience of being at the junction of Old Town and Lincoln Park was great for us. But anyone staying here should realize that physically, the hotel is tired and well-worn. The music from the rooftop bar, literally above our heads, kept us awake on the Friday night of our stay. I would ask for a lower floor the next time. And there will be a next time. We liked the funky vibe and the comfy bed and it's nice to be in a place that doesn't feel corporate.