The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Michigan Avenue Chicago
What We Love
- Magnificent Mile location perfect for exploring all of Chicago’s top sights
- Sipping a craft cocktail amid the skyscrapers on hotel’s The Terrance Rooftop
- A Sleep Menu to help you snooze including seven-pillow menu, night caps and skin-hydration creams
What To Know
- The hotel is in the same building as The Shops at Northbridge
- The Magnificent Mile is a bustling downtown strip of shops and restaurants
- This hotel is popular with business travelers
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Housed behind a perfectly preserved 1928 Art Deco façade by Chicago artist Gwen Lux and set above a tony shopping mall, the sleek Gwen hotel is an elegant respite from the Windy City’s bustle. Art Deco-inspired interiors respect the landmarked façade but stay sleek enough as to not feel staid. All 311 guestrooms and suites are done in subdued brown, gold and taupe hues with big work desks equipped with plenty of plugs. Big granite bathrooms come with both tubs and showers. Upgrade to Pure City View rooms for spectacular vistas of Chicago’s awesome architecture. When the weather is warm, the Terrance Rooftop is one of the hottest bars in the city, though the scene always stays classy, while at the Terrance Restaurant Chef Darnell Reed plates delicious dishes inspired by the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia.
In the Area
Start with the basics: Deep-dish pizza is an institution here, so sink your teeth into a cheesy pie at Giordano’s, one of the city’s most famous pizzerias. The stuffed slice may be a Chicago cliché, but it’s a delicious cliché. 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. Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s menu of inventive small plates includes escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce, and roasted beets with green beans, white anchovy and avocado crème fraîche. In a city known for its architectural history, a tour is a must. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers year-round walking and bus tours and seasonal riverboat tours led by local certified docents. Speaking of impressive architecture, don’t miss the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago designed by Renzo Piano. The Art Institute is a must; pop in on a Thursday, when admission is free from 5 to 8 p.m. Millennium Park, a 24.5-acre urban escape the heart of the city, 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.
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My stay at the Gwen was fantastic. I stop for breakfast during the weekend at the Gwen's restaurant and loved it. Meredith made me feel like at home and the service was outstanding. She was attentive and friendly. The front desk was very helpful and the room and view was amazing.
stayed here for two night, the staff is really friendly. nice hotel for an unforgettable time.
food at the restaurant also great dont forget to try crab with tomato sauce. we will definitely come back again.
Eddie, that works at the bar, makes the best drinks ever. 🍸Besides Eddie, very good hotel, location and service. Thanks Eddie for the amazing drink. He went to get strawberries just to make this drink for me.
I can not say enough about my recent stay at The Gwen. It is a hidden gem. The check-in staff and concierge were extremely helpful and the rooms were very comfortable. We now have a favorite hotel in Chicago.
I stop for a quit breakfast at the Gwen circa restaurant. Meredith did work that day, I thought she would not. I was so happy to see here and she took care of me like before. Glad to see her still being in the building