St. Jane Hotel
What We Love
- Midwestern French fusion at Free Rein, the hotel’s swanky cafe/restaurant combo
- Local artisans created the hotel’s fresh signature scent: honeysuckle and linen
- Custom leather goodies from the Chicago School of Shoemaking and Leather
- Keurig coffeemakers in all guest rooms
What To Know
- The hotel is named for Nobel Peace Prize-winning social worker Jane Addams
- Floors 25 and above contain premier rooms in an area called “Tower at St. Jane”
- Local illustrator Morgan Ramberg is responsible for the façade on the hotel’s exterior
- There is a small gym onsite but no spa or pool
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Revitalized Art Deco skyscraper and an exuberant ode to all things local, in Chicago’s famed Carbide and Carbon building
Jazz Age glamor—green marble lamps, herringboned floors, a palette of seductive jewel tones—radiates from practically every chamber in this gold-leaf dreamboat. Up until late 2017, the 1929 landmark, constructed to resemble a bottle of bubbly (some consider it a jab at Prohibition) housed the Hard Rock Hotel—a funky, nightclub-inspired space decked out with musical memorabilia and the transient vibe of one of the world’s most recognizable brands. The crowd you’ll find here today is far more refined, lured by the property’s prolific collection of modern art, street-level raw bar, and proximity to Chicago’s cultural nucleus. Those feeling extra flush can splurge for a room in the club-level quarters, with come with a dedicated concierge staff and extra-elevated city views. As a tribute to its namesake philanthropist (often considered the mother of American social work), the hotel regularly collaborates with local non-profits and even devotes a percentage of revenue to the Jackson Chance Foundation, a charity that partners with area hospitals to provide parking passes to every family with a baby in intensive care.
In the Area
The hotel’s prized Michigan Avenue address puts guests just five minutes from Millennium Park and the city’s cultural hotbed, comprising the Art Institute (one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country) and the theater district. While exploring the latter, be sure to check out a show at A Red Orchid, a 70-seat space with an emphasis on minimalist, avant-garde productions. A stop at Water Tower Place is a must for those traveling with children—the eight-level atrium is the site of Lego Land, American Girl Place, and Candyality, a local confectionary that stocks 21 colors of M&Ms and its very own licorice bar.
How to Get There
This is a unique and interesting space, and not unreasonably priced for downtown Chicago. We had a great time and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fun stay. Convenient, comfortable, and different.
The sound of traffic was super loud, even on the 10th floor (!!) but otherwise it was a great stay! It's one of the most beautiful buildings in Chicago, which is saying a lot. It was a treat to stay here.
This hotel is so centrally located to much of the activities we participated in - loved hearing about the hotel design and all history behind Chicago's architecture! The food was great as was the weather. Can't wait to return!