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
- 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
I stayed here for one night with my family, on a brief Chicago stopover. I had read the previous reviews and have to agree with the excellent ratings given. The location is fantastic, right in the heart of the Magnificent Mile and walking distance to the attractions, the closest of these being the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. The room was a decent size, lovely amenities but we didn't get the best view - my tip would be to check your room type when booking. We got a view of a courtyard and the opposite rooms in the hotel. As we only stayed one night, this was no big deal but could have been had we planned to stay longer. Check in/out was fast and staff were friendly, overall, a great hotel choice that I would recommend and would stay here again on another trip.
Spent a girls' weekend in this gorgeous art deco hotel that exudes '30s glamour. From our check-in service to enjoying drinks on the rooftop patio, the service we received at this hotel was impeccable. From being greeted with a delicious "welcome" cocktail to having thoughtful and attentive servers at the hotel's restaurant, we enjoyed every second that we spent at the Gwen. And did I mention how beautiful the rooms are at this hotel? The Gwen is definitely a gem in the city that I'm so happy I discovered.
Weddings can be stressful. I married my soulmate on June 30th at the Gwen Hotel and it was the best two decisions I could have made :). From the moment I took a tour of the hotel, I knew the Gwen would encompass all I had imaged for my wedding -- elegance, class, and glamour. The catering manager, Allie Flemings, was invaluable to us. From start to finish she ensured my wedding day would be absolutely perfect. AND IT WAS. She and her team made sure every detail from the chairs, linens, food, drinks, etc exceeded our every expectation. Our guest are still raving about our signature cocktails and dinner stations. We decided to have a take on Louisiana Creole style food in addition to the other stations, and Matt ( who is such an amazing Chief ) created for us crawfish, rice and catfish --which was to die for. Our wedding at the Gwen was more than what we could have imagined. The entire team at the Gwen always goes above and beyond, and our wedding truly showed this.
Though I didn’t stay at the beautiful Gwen hotel, I had the pleasure of visiting the equally beautiful bar. The bartenders Jason and Mimi were a delight. They were attentive, informative and prompt. I would recommend this bar to anyone who enjoys amazing drinks with an awesome environment to match!
We stayed at the Gwen for the weekend and stopped at the bar in the lobby. Not only did they give us amazing drink and wine recommendations, but they were also friendly and accommodating. Mini and Jason were our favorites. Highly recommend!