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
See my previous comments concerning menu options, room quality and room price. I wasn't told about the price differential (one night more expensive than the second night). I called to complain after returning home and did not get a satisfactory answer.
I was at this hotel for a business meeting and I was shocked by the condition of the hotel. It smelled moldy, musty and almost seemed like the staff didn't care about it's condition. There were consistently bins of towels and sheets in the hallways, the wallpaper is peeling off, the furniture was very worn, and the bathroom ceilings and tubs were peeling, just to name a few. In fact, there was a stack of dirty glasses (complete with half-drank soda) just sitting by one of the elevators on my floor and they stayed there for my entire 2 day stay, were never cleared by hotel staff or housekeeping. There was no air conditioning in the elevators and on a hot, stuffy Chicago day, this is not a welcome reality. The air conditioning units in the rooms are old window units, which were constantly running and were VERY loud.
I do NOT recommend this hotel.
No they didnt enhanced my experience. But the stained dirty towel hanging nicely fold in my shower certainly impacted my experience as well as the bathtub that got clogged, as i took a shower, but wound up as a bath i didnt want. Oh and i can send you a picture of the disgusting towel as i had to show friends and co-workers. Their reaction, not surprisingly was all the same, Ewwww was the usual response
Watch your back & credit card. My spouse paid at the desk with a credit card and instead of using the chip system or swiping the card it was entered manually. His name was entered wrong (confirmed by the General Manager) and I was told he was not at the hotel and was denied access to my room. We are now in a dispute with our credit card company. Rather than being apologetic, GM (Dan White) was RUDE and smug about the awful experience that we had at the hotel. I'm not sure what kind of scam they are trying to pull with credit cards but they should not be trusted.
Hotel is a great location, convenient to Old Town and Lincoln Park attractions. You can walk to so many places from this hotel. One of two elevators was out of commission during our stay which made for longer waits to get up or down. Our view of the park and the lake were great. The rooms just need some updating to remain competitive with other choices in the city.