The Field Museum is getting all kinds of attention since its ground-floor bathrooms were named one of the top ten in the country. Are there any awardworthy toilets closer to downtown?
Block 37 The last time we made use of the perpetually pristine porcelain on the pedway level of this glistening two-year-old mall, Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” was being piped in. Going pee never felt so badass. After taking care of business, treat yourself to a Beard Papa’s cream puff next door. 108 N State St (312-261-4738).
Chase Tower Public restrooms and cafeterias—both should be avoided if you can help it, right? Not at Chase. Its Plaza Market Bistro is actually worth considering for lunch, and the bathrooms nearby, covered in shimmering mosaic-style tiles and marble, are thankfully underused. 10 S Dearborn St (312-385-8300).
Saks Fifth Avenue There’s just something about a bathroom stall door that goes all the way to the floor that our inner George Costanza appreciates like a rare truffle. So, on behalf of all the neurotics out there, thanks for keeping it classy, Saks. 700 N Michigan Ave (312-944-6500).
Signature Lounge at the 96th One hundred stories up the John Hancock Center might seem like a long way to go if you really, really gotta go. But talk about a bathroom with a view: While the men’s facilities are pleasant (if a bit outdated), the women’s room is a self-contained observation deck with windows facing south down Lake Shore Drive. 875 N Michigan Ave (312-787-9596).
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