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Public Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Public Chicago

Ian Schrager's relaunch of a historic Chicago hotel brings an infusion of style to the Gold Coast neighborhood.

The Scoop

Originally opened in 1938 as the Ambassador East, this storied hotel and its iconic Pump Room restaurant once hosted Hollywood icons including Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart. In 2011, it debuted as a property of a different sort: hotelier Ian Schrager's Public Chicago. Even with a more affordable price tag, the hotel spaces are impeccably designed. Grand archways separate the lobby from The Library, where travelers lounge on lamb's wool chairs around a modern fireplace. Schrager's own bedroom served as inspiration for in-room accents such as the wood nightstands built into oversize headboards. The final touch: Schrager reopened the Pump Room under superstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Insider Tips

Check out the portrait of Ol' Blue Eyes at the Frank Sinatra Booth (his favorite table) in the Sun Room.

There's an on-site gym, but guests can also drop in on group fitness classes at nearby David Barton.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) which is approximately 18 miles from the hotel. Anticipate between 30 and 45 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.

1301 North State Parkway, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Lobby Work Space
  • Business Services
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa Services
  • Concierge Services
  • Complimentary Bike Rentals
In-Room Amenities
  • Large Work Areas
  • Custom Lighting
  • Complimentary Wifi Access
  • Down Bedding
  • Luxury Linens
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • iPod Docking Stations
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
  • Bathtubs
  • Customized Mini Bars
  • In-Room Safes
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee Bar
  • Wine Bar + Lounge
  • Beer garden
  • Movie Screening Lounge
  • 24-hour Lobby Mini Bar
  • In-room Dining
  • Express Gourmet Food to go
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  • 2 person max occupancy in the Standard King
  • 4 person max occupancy in the Superior Double
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Chicago

The Windy City is known for its historic architecture, museums, and iconic shopping districts (Magnificent Mile, State Street), plus a thriving restaurant and craft cocktail scene that rivals New York.

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: Oprah's former personal chef, Art Smith, is chef and co-owner of Table Fifty-Two, a top choice for southern fare such as shrimp and grits and fried catfish.
52 W. Elm St.
1-312-573-000
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Dinner for two $100.

Where to Drink: Slip underground to the Drawing Room, a chic, basement-level lounge with a varied cocktail menu. The must-try? Charlie's Manhattan, with rye whiskey and Italian maraschino cherries.
937 N. Rush St.
1-312-266-2694
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Drinks for two $26.

What to Do: Opt for a 90-minute architectural tour with Chicago Line Cruises to see the city's historic skyline at a relaxing pace.
465 N. McClurg Ct.
1-312-527-1977
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$40 per person.

Where to Shop: Designer boutiques, lavish department stores, and massive shopping malls are all located along Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the famous eight-block stretch of Michigan Avenue. Start at Oak St. and Michigan Ave., then head south.

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Why Go Now

April 18-21, 2013
Chicago International Music and Movies Festival
CIMMfest premiers more than 70 films in Wicker Park and Logan Square.

May 26, 2013
Bike the Drive
Lake Shore Drive closes to traffic for this bicycle race along Lake Michigan.

May-Aug. 2013
Millennium Park Music Series
Indie rock, pop, electronic, and jazz acts perform in Millennium Park throughout the summer.

July 10-14, 2013
Taste of Chicago
More than 50 local restaurants serve hundreds of hungry travelers at the world's largest outdoor food festival.
Grant Park.

Public Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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