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
We loved this little gem in Lincoln Park. The folks at the front desk were very helpful. We mentioned it was our anniversary during check in, and they sent a bottle of wine to our room! When we had wi-fi connectivity issues, again, they were on it, willing to come to our room to help. Brenda at the front desk is a rockstar!
Beyond service, we loved the coffee shop and rooftop bar that are part of the hotel. We were walking distance from great aspects of this neighborhood. Love, LOVE!
Best staff! All of the staff, from the clerks, valet, and housekeeping staff were super helpful and friendly!! Drew was a front desk clerk that we regularly talked to and he was amazing! The room was great and the hotel’s eclectic decor was fun!!! The roof top bar was a great place to hang out! The hotel’s location was great to get to everything we wanted to do. Will definitely stay there again!!! Highly recommended!!! 👍👍
Nice room...very clean. Service at front desk especially Van who was extremely helpful.
Close to zoo....everything was very close even though we cabbed it. This hotel has a restaurant however it was not that great. Lots of good restaurants around so $10.00 cab ride gets you where you want. Highly recommend the cruise for looking at architecture if it is a nice day. Beautiful city....very friendly people.
We stayed here to attend a wedding. It was a great price, we felt safe and the staff was very attentive. The parking was $52 for one night, which we felt was kind of expensive.
The room was kind of small, but adequate for what we needed. The had a counter for breakfast, but the staff there NEVER smiled or showed a friendliness, that the rest of the staff did.
This hotel is one of the best I have ever visited.
It begins with the great staff that is caring and competent. They will make your stay an awesome experience.
The rooms are great and clean. The location is good. The street next door has some good restaurant and you are close to downtown.
To me the best is its location next to the Lincoln Park. Which allows to to go for a run or just walk and enjoy the scenery.
I had a perfect stay here and know now where to stay, whenever I get to Chicago.