Virgin Hotels Chicago
What We Love
- Whimsy and humor throughout, from the pod-shaped dog bed in the lobby to the Funny Library featuring reads from Davis Sedaris to Marvel comics
- Sweeping skyline views from the 26th-floor rooftop lounge, Cerise
- The spa is equipped with a hammam and nail salon
- Feminine guestroom touches all genders can enjoy: benches in the showers, well-lit vanities and yoga mats
- No nickel-and-diming: There are no room service delivery fees, inflated mini-bar prices or bottled water charges
- WiFi is free, as is guest happy hour daily
What To Know
- The first hotel in the Virgin Hotels chain
- A DJ spins most nights in the bar
- The spa, all-day restaurant and rooftop bar opened in May 2015
- There’s occassionally L train noise but the hotel provides earplugs
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Art Deco banker reborn as bon vivant. Vintage details from the original 1928 bank building, including carved plaster ceilings, ornate brass elevator doors and the original vault gate, add ballast to cheeky design touches such as red-carpeted elevators, a circular banquette in the 70’s-themed Shag Room lounge, and a preponderance of toys in the Funny Library. The mega-brand’s Virgin red hue pops up throughout, from the occasional shower tile to the bright overcoats worn by the all-female door staff.
Bed and Bath
Privacy-ensuring rooms (called chambers here) open with a generous foyer/bathroom with curtained closets and a walk-in shower. Heavy wood pocket doors can be closed between the entry and the bedroom, centered by a generous bed backed by an ivory pebbled leather headboard. Candy-apple-red Smeg minifridges that chill splits of Veuve Cliquot contrast with gray flannel walls. Life-size porcelain dog statues stand sentry outside pet-friendly rooms.
The social heart of the hotel lies in the second-story The Commons Club, an entire floor with various personalities ranging from a swinging 70s den (The Shag Room) to a library stocked with games and free candy necklaces, and the nightclub-worthy bar–a double-height oval steel installation. Off the lobby, a window-wrapped coffee shop morphs into a wine bar nightly. A vintage heavybag outside the 25th-floor gym is merely décor; inside all the cardio and weight gear is new. Expect in-the-thick-of-it skyline views from the 26th-floor rooftop lounge, Cerise, modern American diner fare at Miss Ricky’s, and a hammam and nail salon experience at the spa.
In the Area
Some of the biggest among Chicago’s 200-plus theaters lie in the Loop, including the concert hall Chicago Theatre and the Tony-awarded Goodman Theatre. One block behind the hotel, Michigan Avenue offers a parade of attractions, including Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Pre-curtain, crowd into the convivial Gage restaurant, serving regional, seasonal fare, or the Spanish rave Mercat a la Planxa. Stop and shop the Chicago Architecture Foundation for design-focused souvenirs and all the Frank Lloyd Wright gear you can handle. All major subway lines converge in the Loop, offering easy access to neighborhoods near and far.
How to Get There
The Virgin brand does it again. The experience of staying at this hotel is excellent. The rooms are uniquely designed. The lounge is great for relaxing, eating, business meeting, reading a book or playing Connect 4. Staff is very helpful, happy, and will do whatever you need to make your stay excellent.The location is solid, in downtown Chicago, with everything you need within walking distance.
We had a great time in Chicago. The Virgin is ideally located / friendly staff / great rooms. Located near the L. Within walking distance of the Loop. Great happy hour. We will be back again and again.
Spent this past weekend at the hotel with clients from the east and west coast. Our collective experience....EXCEPTIONAL!
The staff was fun and saw that our needs were exceeded. The rooms are comfortable, resh in design and very well thought out. The restaurants were very good and the chef at Commons Club stopped by our table to say hello and be certain we were enjoying our dinner.
I am a Virgin fan! Grateful for a successful weekend!
I was greeted very warmly and courteously. My room was very clean an accommodating. I found it to have many convenient amenities that many other hotels don’t have. I will be back. Very enjoyable for the price.
My wife and I are not exactly the hipsters you might expect at this property. We're north of 65! We felt right at home, though. No, that's not right! We felt younger than at home. What fun to walk into the beautifully designed "chamber" and find how carefully it has all been organized for the perfect stay. The staff were all helpful and eager to make our stay a good one. We're already talking about how we might be back for another stay. The location is great because we love to walk. So many sights were all within a quick walk. We were in town to see a play at the Goodman Theater. That was an 8-minute walk. Easy as could be!