What We Love
- Each room has its own IP address. Translation: seriously speedy Internet
- The haute Italian fare from James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan at Nico Osteria
- The hotel's Lexus partnership allows guests to get behind the wheel of an IS 350 convertible or a LX 570 SUV for up to four hours for no charge on a first-come, first-served basis
- Every Junior Suite is a corner room with wraparound views of downtown Chicago
What To Know
- No on-site spa, but the hotel has a relationship with the nearby Exhale Spa one block away
- Bring along Fido
- Valet parking is $66 per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opened in October 2013, Thompson brought a serious dose of style to the Gold Coast. The space feels like an edgy hideout from the Windy City: Exposed brick, timber beams and a roaring fire invite lounging on velvet sofas, while industrial finishings such as a glass and steel mesh staircase add the edge. In the rooms it’s all about texture, with peacock velvet seating areas, fur throw pillows and upholstered platform beds topped in tweed throws.
Bed & Bath
The 247 guestrooms walk the line between sophisticated and funky, with edgy photography and illustrations, a muted toffee and gray color scheme with pops of jewel tones, and low, sexy lighting. Even the “smaller” rooms are plenty spacious at 320 square feet, and they feature plush sofa-like seating near the kingsize beds. Techies will geek out over the bedside USB ports, Internet TV and the fact that every room has its own IP address. Simple white-tiled bathrooms feature large rain showers, Frette robes, makeup mirrors and Ren body products.
One Off Hospitality, the restaurant group behind Chicago megahits such as Avec, the Publican, Big Star and more, opened Nico Osteria. James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan designed the seafood-focused menu with housemade pastas and dishes like salt-crusted branzino with chanterelles and currants and smoked whitefish triangolini with sea urchin. Work it all off in the 1,000-square-foot fitness center, which is open 24-7.
In the Area
The Gold Coast neighborhood is known as a posh shopping destination, so you’ll want to check out the boutiques on nearby Oak Street, which is home to such brands as Prada, Tom Ford, Jack Spade and more. You’ll find department stores and even more shopping around the corner on Michigan Avenue. Gibson’s Steakhouse, located across the street, is a Chicago institution. If a celebrity is in town, you’ll most likely see him or her ordering a steak there. Flight 001, which is just down the street, is a fantastic travel shop featuring luggage, gadgets and anything else you might need for your flight home.
How to Get There
Hotel was in a great location with lots of restaurants and shopping in walking distance. American Girl Store and Walgreens were life savers! Ha! Hotel staff from the front desk to the so helpful bellman, Matthew who went above and beyond, to fabulous doormen, Murphy and the rest, who made it such a pleasure to come and go, Thompson Chicago is by far one of my favorite hotels ever. Rooms are beautiful with modern bathrooms and comfy beds. Room service and the restaurant, Nico, was fabulous. Great food and friendly service. Overall a great spot!
I was so pleasantly surprised by the Thompson--it's cool without being annoying. Stylish and comfortable--when too often you have to choose between the two. It's also a great value. The restaurant, Nico, is excellent, and has its own personality and style (in other words, it doesn't feel like a hotel restaurant). I used to stay at the Peninsula (so gorgeous but a bit old fashioned...and expensive) and the Chicago Athletic Club (clever but not comfortable at all), and the Thompson is my new favorite.
We used Magellan Travel to book and got an incredible deal for the hotel. It was a great experience, Thomson is a modern boutique hotel with a terrific lobby lounge/bar that has a buzz. The location just off the magnificent mile in the Gold Coast was perfect. Lots of bars and restaurants near our hotel. I recommend staying here when you want to have a fun weekend in Chicago.
The casual, comfortable atmosphere and genuine friendliness of the staff make the Thompson a wonderful home away from home. Location can't be beat. Convenient walking to great restaurants, the lake and shopping.
The hotel staff definitely treated you like family...it was clean, well maintained with plenty of options for shopping and dining. They also have a driving team for evening adventures. We will definitely be back.