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5 Hot New Hotels to Watch

Keep an eye out for these exciting Chicago properties opening soon.

Chicago’s booming hotel scene just keeps evolving. From glamorous West Loop hotels promising trendy restaurants and top chefs to historic revamps upping the excitement factor in downtown Chicago, we take a look at five hot new properties you'll want to watch (and book).

THE HOXTON

©The Hoxton

One of the most eagerly anticipated hotels of the year is The Hoxton, opening in April in Chicago’s hot West Loop neighborhood. Inspired by Fulton Market’s meatpacking past, the design of the 182-room hotel is decidedly industrial-chic. In a nod to the neighborhood’s roots, the hotel rooms feature exposed concrete and warehouse-style floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. The rooms are softened with the addition of pieces by local artists, mid-century-inspired furniture, and custom patterned rugs and wallpaper. Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard has been tapped to head Cabra, a rooftop Peruvian restaurant, in partnership with Boka Restaurant Group. Boka will also operate a basement piano bar and a 200-seat all-day Mediterranean restaurant called Cira (with sister coffee shop Cafe Cira) on the first floor of the hotel. The 12-story hotel also features a seasonal rooftop pool and Hoxton’s first-ever fitness studio. Groups can rent The Apartment, the Hoxton’s meeting and events space made up of five separate rooms that have access to The Pantry, a kitchen stocked with drinks, fresh pastries and snacks.

HOTEL ESSEX CHICAGO

©Hotel Essex

A $250 million renovation has transformed the former Essex Inn to Hotel Essex Chicago, a new luxury lifestyle hotel in the South Loop. Welcoming its first guests on April 1, Hotel Essex features 274 rooms with sleek mid-century modern style and floor-to-ceiling views. The French-influenced Grant Park Bistro has a light-filled 40-seat dining room that overlooks the open kitchen, along with a seasonal outdoor patio lining South Michigan Avenue. The hotel’s bilevel SX Sky Bar is located on the fifth and sixth floors of the adjacent Essex on the Park residential tower, boasting a sweeping lake view and retractable glass walls that can be opened wide during warm weather. Small plates and craft cocktails are served for lunch, dinner and late night. SX Sky Bar also features a dance floor and intimate spaces for private events.

NOBU HOTEL CHICAGO

©Nobu Hotel Chicago

Inspired by culinary trendsetter Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the 155-room Nobu Hotel Chicago is on track to open this year in the West Loop. The sleek boutique hotel will feature Nobu’s signature melding of modern and Asian-inspired design. Naturally, the hotel will feature a 10,000-square-foot, ground-floor Nobu restaurant. In addition, Nobu on the Roof will offer an indoor/outdoor lounge overlooking Randolph Street’s famed Restaurant Row. The hotel will also feature 3,245 square feet of multi-use suite space available for private social functions and corporate events. Nobu Hotel Chicago also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center with Technogym® equipment, a rejuvenating spa facility, and an indoor swimming pool. 

JEWELERS BUILDING HOTEL

A 39-room boutique hotel is planned for the historic Jewelers Building on Jewelers Row in the Loop. Located on Wabash Avenue, the 137-year-old building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a city landmark. Completed in 1882, the Jewelers Building is the only example of the early work of famed Chicago architecture firm Adler & Sullivan left in the Loop. The facade will be preserved as much as possible, with soundproof windows installed to muffle the rumblings of the nearby ‘L’ train. Retail and restaurant tenants are also planned. The hotel is expected to open in 2020 and will be managed by an undisclosed San Francisco-based hotel operator.

THE RESERVE HOTEL

The Reserve Hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is scheduled to open in late 2020 in the historic 208 S. LaSalle St. building in the Loop. The luxury 234-room hotel-within-a-hotel will occupy the top five floors of the landmark office building designed by renowned Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, located in the heart of Chicago’s Financial District. Floors 1-12 of the building are currently home to the JW Marriott Chicago hotel, which opened in 2010. The Reserve Hotel is planned to feature a penthouse and extravagant ballroom. 

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