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.
How to Get There
Great location, good price point for the regular rooms. The Upstairs bar can be a fun place to hang out, even in the cold (just stay close to the fire pits!). Right next to a very nice mall and wonderful restaurants.
Beautiful Suite, centrally located, near food,tours and shops. Phenomenal Service!
My wife and I want to thank all of the staff at the The Gwen - and and additional thanks to Yasin at Check in for his kindness and pleasure welcome, additionally to Latrice for her willingness to help us with addressing any requests made for our room.
From then on, every encounter with your personnel was excellent. If it was picking up our car, or simply asking for directions, the valet staff was first class. Thank you Jeremy for the room selection.
Your staff is a one of the main reason as to how much we enjoyed our stay at The Gwen.
We enjoyed your hospitality and the service provided in the dining area, food was amazing, including our first encounter with Raul and Janelle who treated us like royalty during brunch.
We have been in many hotels in our lives and we know this experience is a true dedication to customers. Keep up the great work, we are very grateful to the staff and management team. Once again thank you.
Dave and Michelle
The Gwen is centrally located in River North, close to Michigan Ave, Navy Pier and all that Chicago has to offer. Check in was without hassle, although the elevators are weirdly located. My Elite status was recognized and my room was upgraded and free breakfast was offered. The rooms are nice, mostly quiet and luxurious as would be expected from this Marriott brand. The free breakfast was good but not great.