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T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago


Photo: Kevin Miyazaki


Our picks of Chi-town’s new properties. Plus, two classics.

The Newcomers

ACME Hotel Company: This hipster hotel in River North is filled with quirky design touches (red lips on the bathroom mirror; mannequin trapeze artists suspended in the courtyard). $

The Godfrey: The tall glass-and-steel structure cuts a commanding figure against the Chicago skyline. High-tech rooms come with iHome docking stations and RFID key cards. $

Hotel Lincoln: A Mad Men–meets–The Brady Bunch–style lobby, with tweed upholstered furniture and bow-tied bellhops, welcomes you to this refurbished 1928 property opposite the park. $

The Langham: In a landmark Mies van der Rohe building, the Langham is awash in mid-20th-century grandeur, from the Dirk Lohan–designed lobby to the Bauhaus artwork by Judy Ledgerwood and Anish Kapoor. $$$

Public Hotel: Ian Schrager’s Chicago hotel remains a local favorite: the revamped Pump Room restaurant is one of the hottest tables in town. $

Thompson Chicago: The latest entry in the Thompson Hotels roster is the work of British designer Tara Bernerd. Industrial-chic interiors are done up in concrete, brick, and wood; guest rooms have turquoise velvet sofas and black marble-topped tables. $

Trump International Hotel & Tower: Everything here is over the top: the 23,000-square-foot spa, 24-chair salon owned by celebrity stylist Anthony Cristiano, and personal attaché service (which includes access to a Cadillac). $$$

The Classics

Park Hyatt: Occupying 18 floors in a 67-story high-rise overlooking Chicago Avenue, Park Hyatt has a covetable central location. The renovated rooms incorporate reproduction Eames furniture and oversize soaking tubs. $$$

Peninsula Hotel: At this stately property, the concierge greets you by name; classical music plays when you enter one of the 339 rooms; and your bedside table has a control panel to deactivate the doorbell for privacy and alert housekeeping when you want service. $$$

Perched atop a seven-story luxury shopping center along the Magnificent Mile, the Ritz-Carlton's 435 rooms all have panoramas of the cityscape, but it doesn’t get much sweeter than the view from the new rooftop lounge, the Dec, where guests can indulge in milk chocolate push-pops from an ice cream sundae cart. fourseasons.com. $$
Four Seasons
Culture buffs already love the stellar art collection (Warhol; Picasso) have a new reason to stay at this Gold Coast grande dame—the 46th-floor Author Suite. It’s a literary sanctuary that looks the part: Midcentury Parisian interiors, walnut writing desks, and a library filled with personalized editions from past guests such as Stephen King and Anne Rice. fourseasons.com. $$$

On The Horizon: Richard Branson's first Virgin hotel and the London-based Soho House both debut this year.

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000


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