Near North

Pump Room


1301 N. State Pkwy., Public Chicago Hotel,
United States,

Since its opening in the former Ambassador East Hotel in 1938, this Gold Coast landmark has hosted such guests as Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, and Ronald Reagan. In 2011, when the Ambassador East reopened as the Public Chicago, the Pump Room also reopened following a renovation directed by hotelier Ian Schrager and renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. While the space maintains its original architecture and black-and-white celebrity photos, the restaurant also features large, contemporary globe lights, a backlit bar, and a full-service menu emphasizing farm-to-table cooking. Highlights include the brioche French toast, fried organic chicken, and oven roasted lobster.