There’s a new luxury hotel in the Windy City. Ace Hotel Chicago has officially opened and offers 159 rooms, event and public space, a signature restaurant, and rooftop bar. Located in the city’s West Loop neighborhood, the hotel is surrounded by cultural sites, restaurants, and the art and design scene.
The hotel was developed by Sterling Bay Companies and designed by GREC Architects. The Chicago-based architecture firm designed the building incorporating the spirit of the New Bauhaus in Chicago while preserving the existing Fulton Market landmark cheese factory façade on the south side of the building. GREC Architects also worked with Ace on the conversion of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.
Every room features a unique piece of art on Ace Hotel Chicago letterhead stationary – each carefully stippled, painted or hand-drawn by a student of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a project curated by SAIC painting professor Dan Devening.
Ace Hotel Chicago has also opened Waydown, the rooftop/lounge area located on the hotel’s seventh floor and offers panoramic views of the downtown skyline with cocktails, spirits and beer & wine menus created by Caitlin Laman, Ace Hotel Chicago beverage director. Waydown offers a food menu as well from the hotel’s executive chef, Pat Sheerin. For those looking for a full dining experience, guests can check out the hotel’s signature restaurant City Mouse.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, the hotel worked with three local organizations and raised over $25,000 by donating a portion of reservations and events. The groups, Little Black Pearl, Young Chicago Authors and 826CHI, all focus on the empowerment and social development of youth in Chicago.
Ace Hotels also has properties in Seattle, Portland, New York, Palm Springs, Downtown LA, London, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans.