Ace Hotel Chicago masterfully strikes a winning balance between local love and that hip Americana vibe they’re renowned for. This Chicago outpost uplifts their mission of crafting inviting community-driven spaces and honoring their host city with design homages to Chicago’s great architectural minds in the buzzy West Loop neighborhood.
We suggest: with an average room night currently coming in just under $300, we suggest[x] credits to make sure you cover your next Windy City weekend.
Marrying designs from nationally-recognized makers with local artists repped by Chicago-based Volume Gallery, technique and utility are on full display at this Midwest hotspot. The space was modeled after Chicago transplant Mies van der Rohe and his Bauhaus style, placing the hotel solidly in the city’s unique architectural history. With a nod to van der Rohe, LA-based design studio Commune created a soothing mid-century look with clean lines and textures abound, while recruiting Chicago artisans to create custom pieces. In the industrial loft-style rooms, contrast rules with pristine white walls and expansive windows offsetting the heavy dark furniture. Perks include groovy Martin guitars on the walls, turntables with curated vinyl collections, and art from students at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Following in that spirit, look out for Tanya Aguiñiga’s abstract Bauhaus-inspired textile map of Chicago proudly on display in the onsite restaurant, City Mouse. Acclaimed hometown heroes Chef Jason Vincent, Chef Ben Lustbader and Josh Perlman create a lively neighborhood spot with Midwestern favorites that emphasize local ingredients-- and the menu changes seasonally to complement this. While you’re here, don’t miss Ace’s bar, Waydown, for a stunning vantage point and appreciation of the city’s skyline. Stop by at the start of the week to cash some Credits on their thirst-quenching Six Dollar Mondays.
Trendy West Loop has everything from the city’s best restaurants to upscale clothing stores and homeware boutiques. Steps away from historic icons like Union Park and Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ace is also convenient to unique hotspots like craft beer haven Bottom Lounge and House of Vans skatepark/event space. Be sure to hit up Open Books, where proceeds go to supporting the city’s literacy programs.
Head a little east to the Loop/Downtown area and hit one of the coolest speakeasies in town. The concept can easily be overdone, but the reservations-only The Milk Room hits the sweet spot with its unmarked door, single bartender, and eight-seat bar. For a more convivial atmosphere, nearby Revival Food Hall brings together Chicago’s top independent eateries to a single industrial chic home. Head to Aloha Poke Co to taste the bowl that started the poke frenzy in the Windy City, or sample Antique Taco’s greatest hits at this convenient outpost.
Travel with Impact
Continuing their legacy of supporting local communities, Ace Chicago holds various artistic and cultural events from hometown artists right in the hotel. Their relationships with folks on the ground are strong here, from encouraging the culinary scene via City Mouse to hosting the area’s musicians for local performances. When this location first opened, Ace donated a percentage of its soft opening bookings to arts-centric Chicago non-profits, and they’ve been supportive ever since.
The Fine Print
* Expires: 12/31/2022
* For use with new bookings only
* Bookings with credits must be made directly with the hotel
* Can be applied towards best available rate
* Credits apply to reservation total, including tax and on-property spend
* Non-refundable but transferable to anyone
* Full balance of credit must be used when redeemed