This Michigan Avenue stunner takes for its setting an 1890 neo-Venetian Gothic structure conceived as a gentlemen’s athletic club (and used as such until 2007, when it fell vacant). Following a painstaking restoration, the property was reborn in 2105 as a 241-room hotel that pays homage to its past without feeling like a set piece. Shared leisure areas such as the Drawing Room and the Game Room demand slow exploration to appreciate their mix of modern playfulness and Gilded Age splendor, while guest rooms cleverly integrate period sports equipment into their design (think touches like rich leather pommel horses repurposed as benches). More than just a gorgeous face, the hotel offers amenities like complimentary cruisers from Heritage Bicycles and top-notch dining and drinking options like Milk Bar, Paul McGee’s eight-seat vintage spirits temple, and Cindy’s, a rooftop restaurant with lakefront views for days.
Birthplace of the modern skyscraper and home base of such notables as Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, Chicago knows a thing or two about design, and the city’s hotel scene is no exception. From imaginatively-restored historic properties to brand-new builds, show-stopping interiors to mind-bending facades, these hotels represent the best in Chicago design.
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