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
Recently had (3) rooms at the blackstone for myself and (2) business team mates for a show in Chicago. It was the perfect place to relax and recharge after working long hours at the merchandise mart. Eric at the front desk was amazing and provided us with accommodations at the restaurant and made check in easy, he personified personal service and was so nice. Jeff behind the bar remembered me from my past stays and is a total asset to the property. He does a great job taking care of his guests. Thank you for another wonderful experience we will be back!
I stayed at this hotel for work. I had not heard of it but thought since it was a Marriott I would give it a try. The rooms were nice (could us a bit more light) but were good size and clean. The staff was very nice as was the Marrott loung for breakfast. It is in a good location and best of all it was quite.
The 1600 cafe: breakfast area
Norma was fantastic! Very welcoming and friendly as can be, made for a fantastic experience.
Very nice and clean, quiet and peaceful. Beds are comfy, and a great modern flare!
Perks: near the park and great walking distance to lots of great food, etc.
If your going to PokÃ©mon go fest, this is the hotel for you as well!
Classic hotel with a beautiful lobby. Lots of nice seating. The bar has an above average selection. The room was spacious for an Autograph property. Lots of bathroom space. The room was pretty clean and there is room for improvement because there was mold on the grout of the shower (room 611). If they were to ask for an opinion, I would recommend that more attention be spent on towels. Some of my towels were spotted some had holes. I like clean spotless towels because, well you know why...
The bed was very comfy. The blinds did a good job of blocking the outside light.
The concierge lounge had friendly people and "I think" a little better quality breakfast than other Marriott Properties. The staff in the lounge were friendly.
Because there is an abundance of Marriotts in Chicago, I would likely stay somewhere else in the future.
The rooms: Bed, shower, space, Eames Lounge Chair were all wonderful! The only thing that was slightly average was the location to the Merchandise Mart. but that was overcome by the location to the parks, Millennium and Maggie Daly.