Perched right on Ohio Street, the ACME Hotel Company Chicago offers up a lodging experience that is the most rock and roll thing about the bustling neighborhood River North. It’s the perfect headquarters for an entire weekend that might include stops at the nearby Eataly food emporium, the Redhead Piano Bar, and back to the ACME’s own Berkshire Room for a night cap. Explore the ins and outs of ACME Hotel Company, and the restaurants and things to do nearby.

 

Lipstick on the Mirror, Coffee in the Morning

ACME Hotel

The ACME Hotel has an au courant lobby that evokes a lifestyle raised on the Cure, Led Zeppelin, and other rockers present, past and some that are truly timeless. The lobby area has a gritty urban aesthetic that feels right, and right across the way is an outpost of West Town Bakery for coffee and a bite to eat in the morning.

ACME Hotel Chicago lobby

In the rooms you’ll find decorative lips emblazoned on the mirrors in the bathroom, along with comfortable surroundings. One of the bonus features: Look outside your interior window and you’ll see decorated mannequins suspended in air. Created by local artists and students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, these add a bit of fun and whimsy to the entire experience.

ACME mannequin

Of course, there are many extras when you stay at the ACME, including their free morning coffee delivery, their Apple Watches that you can check out, and their state-of-the art sound systems in each room. Additionally, there’s a fine exercise facility in their lower level that’s a perfect way to keep that body as sound as your mind.

ACME Hotel | 15 E. Ohio Street | 312-894-0800

 

A Two-Story Culinary Tour of Italy 

La Piazza at Eataly Chicago

Right around the way from the ACME is Eataly, the Italian marketplace started by Oscar Farinetti over a decade ago in Turin. Since opening several years ago, this outpost has garnered favorable reviews for its various restaurant stations, helpful staff, and their exciting food demonstrations and master chef classes.

You’ll want to peruse their website, which includes features like “A Taste of Grappa” and “Let’s Talk Pasticcini.” along with information about their Nutella bar (yes, it’s fabulous), their in-store events and their delightful Caffe Lavazza, which is open from morning until late at night. 

It’s easy to make a whole afternoon (or morning) out of a visit to Eataly as they truly have a bit of something from every region of Italy. There’s always a demonstration going on at one of their stations and it’s a fine way to gain a bit of culinary knowledge along the way.

Eataly | 43 E. Ohio Street | 312-521-8700

 

A Late Night at the Redhead Piano Bar

Redhead Piano Bar

After a long day of culinary delights, you may seek a bit of a respite with lively songs. The Redhead Piano Bar is the perfect place to make it a late night as they have music every night starting around 8 p.m. The format includes everything from Tin Pan Alley classics to Lady Gaga covers. 

As you might imagine, they have an elaborate selection of drinks and they also have cigars from around the world. For folks who smoke, they do have an outside smoking area where guests might also choose to take their purchase to enjoy. Reservations are accepted for parties of up to 20, so if you have a special event, plan on calling ahead.

Redhead Piano Bar | 16 W. Ontario Street | 312-640-1000

 

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