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Luxury Travel Advisor is just back from a tour of Ian Schrager’s Public Chicago hotel. Located on a side street just off Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile (meaning it’s close to all the goodies of the Gold Coast), the hotel gives you a feeling of mingling with upscale locals, who come in to use the public spaces, such as the coffee bar and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are painted pristine white and are equipped with spacious closets. The bathrooms aren’t huge, but they are outfitted with new tiling, tubs and plumbing. Note: The hotel was the former Ambassador Hotel, which enjoyed its heyday in the 30s and 40s. Many celebrities have stayed here, including Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. The Pump Room restaurant in its glory days was even more famous than the hotel. We love the black and white photos of celebrities that line the walls of the entry way (think Warren Beatty, Woody Allen, David Bowie and more). If you’ve thought ahead, you’ll ask for the table that was Sinatra’s favorite—a rounded booth table in the corner. Be sure to stop by the Public in the evening; with lovely amber lighting, the place is quite pretty in the dark. The Library is the place for a cocktail and you may even consider bottle service if you snag a good corner seat or a perch by the fireplace. Reach out to Director of Sales Lawrence Tsoumas ([email protected]).

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