The Blackstone, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Museum-quality art collection of 1,400 works by local artists
- Prime location on the Magnificent Mile across from Millennium Park
- Celebrity chef Jose Garces’s distinctive menu of Catalan-inspired cocktails and dishes at Mercat a la Planxa
What To Know
- Sophisticated atmosphere not ideal for kids
- No spa services, but the front desk offers referrals
- WiFi costs $12.95 a day
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Since its opening in 1910, this stunning Beaux-Arts grande dame has hosted celebs, sports stars and 12 U.S. presidents. A 2008 reopening brought the design into the new century with avant-garde video installations by Lincoln Schatz and mod chrome lamps that contrast with expertly restored marble floors, gleaming wood-paneled walls and a grand staircase.
Bed & Bath
The rooms are even more contemporary, in a neutral palette of beige, slate and ivory, with pops of crimson. The clean-lined furniture manages to feel indulgent thanks to luxe materials — a marble-topped desk here, a buttery leather armchair there. Spacious marble bathrooms have combo tub-showers, Aveda bath products and funky Rorschach-inspired graphic wallpaper.
Celebrity chef Jose Garces offers a taste of Catalonia with his modern Mediterranean menu at the hotel’s Mercat a la Planxa restaurant. Expect a mix of traditional dishes such as hearty seafood paellas with more modern seasonal dishes such as rabbit agnolotti with truffle chestnut puree, brandied cherries and rosemary brown butter. Chicago’s Art Institute is just down the street, but you only have to take the elevator to the fifth floor Art Hall to see beautiful works by local art students. There’s also a 24/7 fitness center on-site.
In the Area
Deep dish pizza is an institution, so sink your teeth into a cheesy pie at Giordano’s, one of the city’s most famous pizzerias. When you’re ready to get the inside bite on Chicago’s foodie scene, head over to the West Loop’s Girl and the Goat, a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel, for chef Stephanie Izard’s inventive small plates (think escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce, and roasted beets with green beans, white anchovy and avocado crème fraîche). The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers year-round walking and bus tours and seasonal riverboat tours of the city’s most famous buildings. Speaking of impressive architecture, don’t miss the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, designed by Renzo Piano. Across the street from the hotel, Millennium Park, a 24.5-acre urban escape, offers events and activities all year, from concerts in the summer to ice skating in the winter. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by starchitect Frank Gehry, and the Crown Fountain, an art installation featuring two 50-foot towers with moving faces of Chicago residents, are highlights.
How to Get There
Stayed in January 2019. Loved the location even though my room had a lovely view of the cavernous inner courtyard. Staff very professional and very friendly. My room was laid out strangely,but that was as expected, given the age and the provenance of the hotel. I would stay there again.
Really disappointing that the HBO channel shows as HBO, shows as Game of Thrones on the channel guide, yet is showing Showtime. I specifically searched the hotel to make sure it had HBO before booking knowing I would be here for the premiere of Game of Thrones, been looking forward to it and now sitting in a room not able to watch it. Really disappointing.
Stayed 4 nights for a Conference. Beautiful lobby and great guest rooms. I really enjoyed the character and attention to detail in the restoration of this property. Very convenient to the trains and just across Michigan Ave. from the park.
The front door was opened for me...and that set the tone for the service this establishment provides. The attendants at the front desk were most helpful and made me feel genuinely welcome. My room was simply excellent. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to enjoy the bar, but it looked quite proper (next time.
Amazing service! I filled out a survey asking what could make my stay better? Water... within 10 min later they brought up 2 water Bottles! I felt listened too and thought that was great service. Especially after traveling all day.