We love our hometown, and of course we should, but we know that Chicago pride runs deeper than that of most places. Here we have rich institutions, some of the best universities, parks, museums, and architecture in the world. The words “I’m from Chicago” carry some weight no matter which corner of the world we say them in (sometimes we’ll even let kids from the burbs get away with it, if only out of sympathy). Given all these lustrous attributes, it stands to reason that visitors from all over the globe want to come experience the Windy City, the Second City, the City of Broad Shoulders, the city of too many nicknames! Approximately 52 million people come to visit our beautiful town every year (that’s 20x our permanent population) and recently those visitors have gotten more options in where to book a room. We’d like to briefly note some of the stylish new and soon-to-be hotels that are making Chicago an even greater city to visit.
The Robey is a freshly repurposed office building in the middle of Wicker Park. It features a rooftop pool and 69 rooms with hardwood floors and excellent views of the city. As the only skyscraper for some distance, the Robey is unique in its stature and placement in one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
The Kimpton Palomar is a luxurious 261 room retreat at the corner of State and Illinois. Its location right in the middle of River North makes it a perfect place to check out happenings downtown, the lake and Navy Pier, and the nearby Old Town neighborhood.
The Gray describes its rooms as “modern and minimalist, with a touch of irreverence” and provides additional services to compliment the modern, irreverent life-style. Guests can find custom designed bicycles to borrow for rides around town and comfortable, homey lounges where The Gray hosts a nightly social for guests. Located on Monroe and La Salle, the Gray is only minutes away from Millennium Park and Michigan Ave.
The Jaslin Hotel is right in the heart of Chinatown, making it another unique option for a Chicago stay. Featuring 101 rooms and excellent views of the skyline, the Jaslin is simple and straightforward. The hotel’s location and modesty make it a great option for those wishing to experience Chicago on a budget.
The Ace Hotel is slated to open in September and is located in the middle of the Fulton Market area of Chicago, next to some of Chicago’s finest eateries and a host of galleries. While still finishing up the remodeling, The Ace seems to advertise stylish rooms on their website, complete with record players? guitars?
The Viceroy Hotel is yet to be constructed, but it will be located at 1118 N State, the site of the former Cedar Hotel. The designs recently revealed by Goettsch architects show an 18 story tower rising out of what appears to be the old building. It will be just the facade that remains in tact, as all of the structure will have to be updated. The building should bring a definite change to the character of the area.
So whether you are planning a visit to Chicago, need to recommend a place to a friend, or are just in need of a stay-cation, we hope this list sheds some light on the exciting trends taking place in our town’s hospitality sector.