A thoroughly Chicago oasis
400 Rooms / 25 Suites
Chicago doesn’t want for fabulous hotels, so when Loews Chicago Hotel was built from the ground up, the Loews luxury chain had its work cut out for it. The result? A modern, welcoming 52-floor tower in the heart of Streeterville. Located a couple blocks east from the glitzy Mag Mile, near the business-centric Loop, and less than a 10-minute walk to Navy Pier, the new Loews Chicago Hotel is primed to please both leisure travelers and those on business. The hotel also has a wonderful sense of place, harnessing Chicago’s rich history of all-star architects, artists and designers. A chef-driven restaurant, a spectacular rooftop lounge, an intimate spa and fitness center and a 75-foot lap pool all make Loews a standout urban hotel.
The lobby here is distinctive — it is Chicago through and through, from the wood-constructed skyline adorning one wall to the original steel railroad tracks molded into an aerial map of the city on another wall. The travertine fireplace reaches all the way up to the top of the vaulted ceiling, and the materials used in the loungey space are those any Chicagoan would recognize as comforting come wintertime — rich leather, mohair and wool. The design is influenced by Mies van der Rohe (for his clean lines) and Louis Sullivan (for his intricate adornments), both of whom called Chicago home.
Check in at one of the welcome pods, sort of abbreviated reception desks aimed to make the arrival experience quick and personal. Then head up to the warm, contemporary rooms that are dressed in masculine grays and dark woods. Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows and views of either Navy Pier, Lake Michigan or the Chicago River and skyline. Tip: Lakeview Suites have stunning vistas of both the river and lake. Bathrooms are pristine visions of ivory and ebony; suites have separate marble tubs and showers. Luxe amenities include marble-topped desks, personal Keurig coffee machines and iHome docking stations.
Off the lobby sits Rural Society, an authentic Argentine steakhouse by celebrity chef Jose Garces (most well known for being one of the Food Network’s Iron Chefs). Wood-fired meats and fish are the specialty here, alongside fire-roasted vegetables all cooked in the open kitchen. (You’ll likely smell the deliciously smoky scent before stepping into the dining room.) The ambiance is pure rustic-chic with reclaimed and repurposed woods throughout, dramatic low-hanging chandeliers and plush banquette seating — ask for a “Hollywood” booth for privacy or just for show.
The pièce de résistance of the Chicago hotel is the rooftop, Streeterville Social. The largest terrace in the city, the 9,000-square-foot outdoor space has two separate lounge areas, a fantastic cocktail program and casual-but-elevated eats (think oyster po’ boys and a crispy lamb belly gyro). The views of the city and lake from this third-floor perch are incredible, especially when it warms with a sunset glow. A large grassy area is ideal for outdoor games of giant Jenga and petanque, the French version of bocce ball. Birdcage chairs, high-top tables and low-slung seating all cater to those looking to relax and stay awhile.