The Langham, Chicago
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Business Meets Pleasure
- Impressive art collection with pieces by Jaume Plensa and Anish Kapoor
- Riverside Elle on the River with Med-style tacos and boozy punch bowls opened for summer 2014
- The Langham’s signature house car, a pink London taxi
- Ranking #1 hotel in Chicago by TripAdvisor
What To Know
- Glass bathroom walls can be turned opaque at the touch of a button
- Breakfast at the hotel’s Travelle restaurant is worth the splurge
- Make reservations ahead of time for weekend tea service or Travelle tasting menus
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Langham Chicago is a study in contrasts. Its landmark Mies van der Rohe exterior cuts an imposing figure of black aluminum and grey glass, but the light-filled lobby invites the outside in with floor-to-ceiling picture windows framing the Chicago River’s other architectural icons. Gleaming glass orbs float overhead like bubbles in a glass of champagne, and the walls are lined with impressive pieces of art by the likes of Edward Maplethorpe and Anish Kapoor (whose iconic Cloud Gate gleams just a few minutes away in Millennium Park).
Bed and Bath
There’s a spa-like vibe to the airy rooms with Egyptian cotton sheets, rainshowers, La Bottega Dell Albergo toiletries and deep soak tubs with glass walls that peek onto the bedrooms and, in many, the impressive city or river views beyond. Textural details, from leather headboards to plush carpets and regal purple throws, add to the pampering while midcentury-inspired touches—a tulip table here, a Mies-style chair there—lend a sense of place.
Broadway set and restaurant designer David Rockwell created a dramatic setting for Michelin-starred chef Tim Graham’s haute Med fare at Travelle (note the performative open kitchen). Inspired by the 1960s corporate culture of IBM (the building’s original occupants), the swinging bar lacks an actual bar. Instead, a rolling drink cart roves between the designer-clad post-work crowd. The scene is more laidback downstairs at the al fresco Elle on the River, which has Med-tacos and alcoholic punch bowls on the menu. Things get even more mellow at Chuan Spa with its hushed pool and Chinese medicine-inspired treatments.
In the Area
Ask the concierge to make you reservations at one of the city’s iconic restaurants—Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, and Carrie Nahabedian’s Naha are all nearby. Don’t miss the laughs at the world famous Second City, where such luminaries as Dan Aykroyd, Steve Carell and Tina Fey have performed. The downtown Art Institute houses famous works including American Gothic by Grant Wood and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. Sure, Bloomingdale’s, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom, La Perla, Michael Kors, etc., are all in the vicinity, but for unique items check out local favorite boutiques Sarca and Sofia Vintage.
How to Get There
Have stayed at many places in downtown Chicago and I can assure you there is no better place than The Langham. They cover every base. Spa is awesome. Food was great. Suites that overlook Chicago river are spectacular. Just off Michigan Ave in a great downtown location.
My friends and I spent a Tuesday afternoon here for high tea. What else can I say besides it was a gorgeous afternoon? The hotel itself is beautiful, stunning even. The tea spread was over the top delicious! The staff was friendly and made the experience fun (not stuffy and judgmental like other boutique hotels). If you are looking for a fun, boozy, dressed-up afternoon, book reservations for the high tea at The Langham!
The Langham provided an excellent and enjoyable lodging experience for my wife and me during a recent visit to Chicago for a trade show & some sight-seeing. The staff were extremely professional, friendly, courteous, and accommodating.
The room was outstanding, clean, and had every amenity that we would possibly need and more. The turndown each evening was amazing, and my wife couldn't have been happier. I especially enjoyed the soaking tub and walkin shower with overhead rain showerhead. The location was also very convenient in the middle of everything downtown on the river! We would recommend any couples or business travelers to stay at this Langham anytime they're in the city.
From the moment I walked thru the door every Langham employee made a true effort to make sure my every need was cared for. My personal favorite was the WIFI card which was in the key envelope. It is a step by step guide to how to get onto the hotel internet in your room! I am not tech savvy and this is the first time EVER I have been able to navigate this in a hotel without having to call the front desk. The Room was spectacular, fabulous bath with deep soaking tub, make-up area and excellent accent lighting which kept the entire visit restful. Wonderful SPA with Steam & Sauna providing a wide variety of treatments. The Fitness, Pool and Hot Tub are located on the 4th Floor. I strongly recommend Grandma's chocolate cake from the In Room Private Dining... I will be back!
Clean rooms, perfect housekeeping and friendly staff, everything was very nice at the Langham Chicago. The only minor issue was with the wall between the rooms. It was not very sound-proof, and we could hear our neighbors' conversation. But all in all, it was a nice experience. We will be returning!!