What We Love
- Triangular-shaped Corner Suites, which afford the best city views
- Le Labo bath products in all the rooms
- The rooftop bar prioritizes hotel guests
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The hotel is a 15-minute drive or train ride from Chicago’s central business district, The Loop
- There’s no fitness center on the premises, but guests can access a neighboring gym for $25 a day
- Because of the hotel’s closeness to the L train, rooms are equipped with earplugs
Converting an iconic 1929 office building into a tony urban retreat was no easy feat. But after a hotly anticipated three-year revamp (which also included the hotel’s sister property, The Hollander, a 20-room hostel which sits in a refurbished 1905 warehouse next door), the tasteful transformation, carefully monitored by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, preserved the tower’s historic heart. Expertly restored features include a handsome marble and brass lobby, vintage arrow floor indicators in the elevator bank, and an ornamental rooftop spire. Upstairs, 69 guest rooms are refreshingly minimalist with earth tones and hardwood floors and lots of natural light, though certain quirks, like retro phones and mid-century modern furniture, add just the right dose of nostalgia. Marvel at Wicker Park’s six-corner intersection from the floor-to-ceiling windows at the street-level French-American bistro, or sip an espresso in the homey second-floor lounge. The real draw here, however, is the unobstructed Chicago skyline—Lake Michigan views included—best enjoyed with a nightcap from a low-slung sofa at Up & Up, the hotel’s glass-encased 13th-floor lounge.
In the Area
Wedged between scenic Wicker Park—Victorian homes, tree-lined streets—and trendy Bucktown, the hotel is one of the first to sprout up on Chicago’s West Side (four L stops from downtown). Boutiques abound, ranging from Shinola, where Detroit-made watches and bicycles steal the scene, and Bucketfeet, which stocks a dazzling collection of limited-edition tennis shoes and flip-flops. The neighborhood also brims with some of the most sought after eateries in the city, including taco stalwart Big Star, the original outpost of The Bongo Room (a popular breakfast institution that flips the most decadent pancakes in town), and The Violet Hour, a James Beard Award-winning speakeasy.
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Nice place to stay even if a bit on the pricy side. For a business place to stay it was great. My room was facing the train and I could not hear anything from outside. On the down side there was no coffee pot in the room.
Great hotel in a great area of Chicago. Totally great stay and highly recommended. I don’t know who owns this place but they nailed it on every level - rooms, service, food, drink, location, price... Pass on downtown hotels and just stay here. Awesome place.
Room was nice, check-in was just ok, they have two elevators, was not told and had to come back down to the front desk after not finding our room. The room style is very industrial, concrete floors and exposed ceiling. lacking in counter space in the bathroom area, thought the bench was a weird use of space along the wall, but it worked, it made it so we could layout our stuff with plenty of space and not have to use the bed. we ate breakfast in the café, service was good, waiter was helpful, food was good and reasonable cost. The labeling was a bit confusing for vegan, gluten free, dairy free.
Had a very nice, unforgettable stay a few months back. Great location. Great view of the Chicago skyline. Nice minimalist design. Complimentary beers in the fridge (yay!). Friendly and helpful staff. Accidentally cut my foot on some glass (yikes!) and the staff swiftly brought me first aid. Special shoutout to Karla who was particularly accommodating.
This is a great property located in Bucktown. Super convenient to the blue line and the restaurants and shops in the area. Hotel restaurant served a great breakfast. And the rooftop bar has amazing views of the downtown skyline.