The 6 best new hotels in Chicago in 2021

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FBetween luxurious downtown addresses and ones that offer access to the city’s most colorful neighborhoods, Chicago’s new line of hotels aim to serve the community and the environment with high standards of sustainability.

Certainly, the pandemic has had a brutal effect on hotels, many of which have closed. But the good news is that many have reopened, and if they don’t have the original owners, at least their investors are recycling these stylish properties.

The neo-Renaissance Chicago gale just off the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Avenue brings old Raffaello to life and remains the address of the intimate Pelago Ristorante, along with a gem of an Italian restaurant. The Chicago Hotel Collection picked up several hotels, including the baseball-themed Wheelhouse Hotel in Wrigleyville near Wrigley Field, now known as the the Chicago Hotel Collection Wrigleyville, which added the beach-themed bar Diver at the Park.

From luxury to local, but all with a commitment to sustainability, these are Chicago’s six best new hotels that opened in 2021.

Sand at Navy Pier

Book now: from $ 224 / night, expedia.com

The 3,300-foot-long pier that juts out into Lake Michigan from downtown, Navy Pier has long been the state’s most popular tourist attraction, where carnival attractions and boat rides on Lake Michigan mingle with cultural landmarks, including the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Sable, which opened last spring, offers fans a place to stay after the tour, dinner, or show with 223 nautical-inspired rooms offering panoramic lake and skyline views.

No one would fault you for being distracted by the beautiful ship-shaped design of the rooms, with brass accents and a marine color palette, or the expansive 20,000 square foot Offshore rooftop bar, but the hotel certified LEED-Money has planted a secondary green roof to support birds on the Lake Michigan Flyway and is recycling left-behind toiletries to provide hygiene kits to impoverished communities.

Pendry of Chicago is the latest in a series of tenants in the Carbide & Carbon building in Chicago.

Pendry Chicago

Book now: from $ 275 / night, expedia.com

One of Chicago’s most recognizable skyscrapers, the 1929 Carbide & Carbon building, said to resemble a bottle of champagne when it was built in the sparkling Art Deco era before the Depression, has experienced a remarkable turnover of tenants in recent years. But his latest incarnation, opened in May, Pendry Chicago, is his most sumptuous. Enjoy trekking-worthy French brasserie Venteux on the ground floor – grab one of its comfortable padded banquettes and settle in for a service of caviar and whole aged duck – and the intimate Chateau Carbide where the rosé is the drink of the day on the roof.

You will never want to leave the beautiful rooms again, which have different layouts due to the historic building but are beautifully decorated with classic architectural photos. Pendry is doing its part to cut down on single-use plastics by offering refillable MiN New York toiletries, as well as laundry-less tables in the banquettes, food composting and a seasonal herb garden in the lounge on the roof.

Don't leave Nobu without tasting the salmon sashimi.

Nobu Hotel Chicago

Book now: from $ 359 / night, expedia.com

Location meets reputation in the new Nobu Hotel Chicago, which opened earlier this year by chef Nobu Matsuhisa and partners including actor Robert De Niro in the restaurant-centric West Loop neighborhood. The 115-room Nobu is home to the chef’s signature restaurant, of course, and other take-out features in Japan like the oshibori Hand washing ritual when checking in in minimalist rooms (some with teak tubs) and 40-foot indoor tranquility pool.

Guests can always party in the friendly restaurants, including an 11e– a rooftop lounge, and there are many restaurants and bars nearby. It gets green credibility for its energy-saving heating and cooling system, LED lighting that uses 75% less energy, movement lights in the room, and rooftop garden, which covers half of it. from space.

The 21c Museum Hotel Chicago showcases the city's best artists.

21c museum hotel in Chicago

Book now: from $ 209 / night, expedia.com

Art filled 21c museum hotel in Chicago opened just before the pandemic, missing its opportunity to shine fully. But it deserves your attention for the substantial investment the hotel group is making in contemporary art. Founders Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown are renowned collectors and make much of their collections available to guests in on-site 24-hour galleries. Shows rotate between venues, but each hotel has an artistic lineup. which engages the local community.

Here, the 297-room hotel – adaptively repurposed from the old James Hotel – asked Chicago-based artist Nick Cave and his partner Bob Faust to design nine distinct wallpaper patterns to hang in the halls of the hotel. ‘elevator from floors 2 to 17 (we suggest pulling a Elf and pressing all buttons).

The Neighborhood Hotel in Lincoln Park has just 14 welcoming suites.

The neighborhood hotel

Book now: from $ 240 / night, theneitherhoodhotel.com

Chicago has 77 official neighborhoods and visiting at least a few is essential to getting to know the city, but Airbnb is usually the alternative to staying in one, often, critics complain, pushing up rents for locals. Open in summer 2021, the neighborhood hotel offers guests the option of staying in Lincoln Park, one of the liveliest areas of the North Side, about five miles north of downtown Loop, without getting into that debate.

The 1893 German Renaissance-inspired building with limestone cladding and floor-to-ceiling windows houses 14 residential-style suites with well-equipped kitchens and often multiple bedrooms. Local shops and restaurants are nearby, as is the 18-mile lakeside recreational path and the free Lincoln Park Zoo.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chicago Chinatown

Book now: from $ 169 / night, expedia.com

While many Chinatowns across the country are gentrified, Chicago’s Chinatown, on the south side, about three train stops from the Loop, is expanding. Asian American residents increased by 31% in the last census, attesting to the dynamism of Chinatown, a bustling district of Chinese restaurants, shops and grocery stores marked by the iconic Chinatown Gateway.

With the new SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chicago Chinatown, the district obtains its first brand hotel, where the suites have separate areas for sleeping, working and relaxing; breakfast is included in the rates. The hotel is close to the Chicago Red Line L, which is convenient for getting around, including the White Sox baseball stadium a few stops south.

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