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
- 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
My son and I were in Chicago for college visits. The interaction with each staff person, ranging from front desk staff and consierge to bellmen was exceptional. Our room was clean and the location of hotel was really good for accessing many Chicago landmarks. The overall experience at this hotel was refreshingly excellent.
Great boutique hotel. Fun and different. Cool rooms and lobby. We stayed in room 2014 and the only complaint was the noise of elevators running all day and night. The drone noise echoes thru the room. Be sure to ask for a room far far away. Only reason not a 5 star was the elevator noise. Almost made it a 3 star bc of it
I've stayed at the Blackstone a few times now. The rooms are well appointed with a very comfortable bed. Very good service. With easy access to shopping and business, certainly a great find. The breakfast buffet was very nice, however, The Mercat a la Planxa restaurant has been mixed in terms of food and service.
The hotel is possibly the best hotel I have been in town so far. It is located conveniently and the spectacular lobby brings you back to early 1900. Rooms are large and very comfortable and the spaces are well decorated. However, the in-dining option is awful. That Spanish restaurant just does not fit with the rest of the experience. If they fixed that, it would become my "always" choice every time I am in town.
The only reason this hotel did not get 5stars.... no room service for breakfast.
There is only evening room service.
I like to linger in my pjs and have my breakfast brought up.
The Mercat restaurant was delicious... for both dinner and breakfast.
Service was stellar.
We had a room on 23rd floor with a view of the lake and Buckingham Fountain.