Among the newest wave of hoteliers branching into the Windy City, this internationally-recognized luxury property popped onto the scene in 2015 in the most Chicago location you can get: wedged within sight of Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and the Chicago River. Sleek and modern with a subtle historical nod, it's a popular spot among business travelers and families short on time who want to hit all the major downtown spots.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Among the amenities, the property has a Loews Love Kids complementary program that provides kids with age-appropriate toys, bath products and a list of partner services like babysitters and doctors. Give your number during check-in to use their text-based concierge Chat Your Service for requests, whether you need extra soap or VIP tickets to a show.
Gray and white colors drape guest rooms, creating a clean, professional vibe. While it lacks the character you'll find throughout the rest of the property, the rooms are nothing short of comfortable. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views, with deluxe rooms located on the higher floors providing the best standard views (upgrade to a grand corner suite for the ultimate panoramic views). Rooms come equipped with Keurig coffeemakers. iHome radios and USB wall outlets, plus soundproofing and black out curtains ensure ultra-quiet accommodations at night.
Standing showers stocked with Julien Farel products and Frette robes dominate the majority rooms, but double-double rooms have custom black and white map wallpapers and bath/shower combo.
Spacious two-story atrium outfitted with communal workspaces and design-forward tan leather couches, black leather benches and dark wood chairs offers plenty of room for knocking out emails on the go. Grab a drink at the lobby lounge and saddle up in front of the marble walled fireplace before hitting the town.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Take note of the architectural-themed design throughout the property, serving as tribute to the city that created the skyscraper. In the lobby, you can't miss the elaborate ceiling relief design pulled straight from a Louis Sullivan or the impressive tile work featuring an ornate abstract Chicago skyline stretching from the walls to the floor.
The 75-foot 2-lane indoor pool is better for swimming laps than splashing around, but during the summer the property hosts regular "dive-in movies" with projected movies in the pool.
A small spa is located on the third floor, featuring three treatment rooms and nail salon. What it lacks in size, it makes up in speed, offering on-the-go treatments all for 25 minutes.
Hit the gym any time at the 24-hour fitness room on the third floor, featuring cardio and weight equipment with floor-to-ceiling city-view windows.
ETA Restaurant + Bar serves as the property's mainstay, a New American tavern with approachable, cheffed up classics like beer cheese croquettes and fried chicken BLT. During the summer, head to seasonal rooftop restaurant Streeterville Social to take in the city over small bites and cocktails.
Buses run along Columbus Dr. and Illinois St., with the nearest red line El stop at Grand Avenue (12-minute walk). Taxis frequently pull up to the front of the property, or you can access a direct route via popular ride-hailing apps Lyft/Uber.
Some of the city's best restaurants are in walking distance of the property in Streeterville and River North, including The Purple Pig (8-minute walk), Imperial Lamian (12-minute walk) and Bohemian House (12-minute walk).
The best concentration of bars is a short 12-minute walk to River North along Hubbard and Kinzie Streets, where you'll find cocktail lounges like Three Dots & A Dash and Untitled Supper Club, Mexican gastropub El Hefe, and craft beer spot Public House.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If city views and River North tourist hotspots are on the top of your travel to-do list, this notable property manages to check both off with a prime location right along the river footsteps away from the main attractions. Modern, architectural-forward design is more buttoned up than a "home away from home" and not quite dripping with decadence from other luxury properties, but has just enough of the right amenities to feel make you feel comfortable in the event you happen to get stuck inside during one of Chicago's notorious snowstorms.