Chicago’s indomitable spirit lives inside and out
Thompson Chicago celebrates all there is to love about America’s Second City–from expansive architecture and design to culinary experimentation to musical tradition and innovation—all while capturing the laid-back vibe synonymous with Chicagoans.
Renowned British designer Tara Bernerd has enhanced the industrial loft-like space with her signature atmospheric warmth and peppy personality—think plum colored velvet banquets surrounded by paneled wooden walls, paired against a dramatic “living” wall of lush vines. You’d hardly guess that you’re moments from the tree-lined streets of the affluent Gold Coast neighborhood (famous for its stately sandstone mansions dating back to the early 1800’s) and mere blocks from dazzling Lake Michigan—that is, until you gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows and take in the panoramic views of this dramatic city.
The hotel pays homage to the area’s rich, glamorous past while pushing the boundaries in a city that has always pushed itself higher and further.
The foodie in you will be blown away by the offerings at both Nico Osteria, where executive chef Paul Kahan surprises with playful twists on a coastal Italian menu of housemade pasta and fresh seafood. On any given night there’s at least thirteen fresh crudo items to choose from. If something more substantial is calling your palate, the stuffed pappardelle with milk-braised pork, carrot, and black truffle may satisfy, as might the salt-crusted Branzino with roasted market peppers, almonds and basil. For a sweeter finish, try the delicate Prosecco, apricot, and burnt honey gelato affogato. It’s sublime—we promise.
The discerning traveler will feel like they’ve come home—to their dream home—where a sunset cocktail over stunning views kicks off a fun and frisky night: new friends and new adventures in one of the most dynamic cities in the world.