Public Chicago

Public Chicago

*****

Ian Schrager’s reincarnation of the once-iconic Ambassador East hotel, Public Chicago, shows that the city could be making a play to move up from its role as America’s ‘Second City.’ A 21st century Mies van der Rohe vision of modern elegance, the hotel has bigger rooms with better views than anywhere in New York, and a Jean-Georges-run restaurant and bar where international glitterati congregate. 

Highlights:

  • Oversized rooms

  • Huge windows and lake views

  • Jean-Georges dining

Smith extra

Bottle of Prosecco

In the know

Also need to know:

In-room massages can be arranged through Windy City Massage. In addition to the hotel’s 24-hour fitness centre, Public also has arranged for guests to use the nearby David Barton Gym at no extra charge. The hotel is completely non-smoking.Borrow bikes to cruise along the lakeshore that's just a few blocks away. Note the entertaining Jean Baptiste Modino cows-in-hats art lining your room's walls – they're meant to evoke Mrs O'Leary's famous cow that reportedly started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Packing tips:

Brogues and peep-toe pumps for hobnobbing in the Pump Room. Leave your laptop at home, though, as the hotel has iPads and Mac laptops to borrow so you can settle in with the locals at the long tables in the buzzy lobby.

Dress code:

Cigarette pants for the ladies and designer denim for the gents, to echo the hotel’s urban, updated Mies van der Rohe feel.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Chicago and unpacked their La Colombe beans and designer jeans, a full account of their fashionable luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Public Chicago…

Slide into an overstuffed leather booth at the Pump Room, order a signature Aviation (to be made at a bar that would fit in somewhere between Rick’s Café Américain and an undergr

Accommodation details

Address:

1301 North State Parkway, Chicago, Illinois 60610, United States
Chicago
USA

Location:

1.8 mi / 3.0 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Once a landmark Chicago supper club frequented by the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn, the Pump Room has been reborn under James Beard award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Updated, farm-to-table versions of classics – think caramelized beef tenderloin with miso butter and Lake Superior whitefish with lemon confit – are just a couple of standouts. Add a lively late night bar scene that evokes its see-and-be-seen origins and the Pump Room has reclaimed its rightful place at the top of Chicago’s nightlife. In addition, coffee by La Colombe and snacks by Jean-Georges’ kitchen are served throughout the day in the Library & Coffee Bar off the lobby.

Top table:

Whether you’re à deux or with your own posse, slide into one of the enveloping corner booths with half-drawn curtains for maximum privacy.

Last orders:

Happy hour in the Pump Room bar is from 5 to 7pm daily; the bar and restaurant are open until 11pm Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Fridays and Saturday.

Room service:

A special Public Express menu – a modified version of the Pump Room offerings – is available 24 hours a day, either to eat in your room or packed up in a special paper bags to take on beach picnics, to the airport or wherever you’re off to.

Hotel bar:

In addition to the Pump Room and its lively bar scene, the Library – with its comfy couches and Vermeer-esque artwork – becomes a mellow lounge area at night, boasting all the same craft cocktails, beers and wines as its buzzier counterpart. 

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