Experience Chicago's rich architectural history firsthand with a stay at the newly opened Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop. Located in the 100-year-old Roanoke Building (11 S. LaSalle Street), which is registered as a Chicago Historic Landmark, the hotel offers elegant historic touches in the bustling financial district.
Restored elements — including a century-old, golden mailbox from the original building in the lobby, antique door knobs with the McCormick family crest (the original owners) on 100 bathroom doors, and a bell tower tucked into a high floor — supply a standout Chicago heritage experience. Contemporary Residence Inn amenities like free buffet breakfast, fitness center and complimentary grocery shopping make the property a great blend of old and new for business and family travelers alike.
With 381 rooms across 34 floors, the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop, a Marriott property, is the largest hotel in the brand.
During your visit, explore the city's historic financial district with a stop by the Federal Reserve Bank's Money Museum. The daily guided tour features examples of historic currency, counterfeit money and a suitcase stuffed with a million dollars, that are sure to command attention. The museum is free and the tour lasts about 30 minutes.
Head over to the Ceres Cafe for more history and an extensive menu of organic dishes. Located in the North Lobby of the historic Chicago Board of Trade building, you can mingle with traders as you sample an array of classic cafe food.
Other sights near the hotel are the Skydeck Chicago, the 103rd floor Willis Tower observatory home to The Ledge, and the downtown Chicago theater district with award-winners such as Goodman Theatre and nightly performances from Broadway in Chicago.
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