Need to know
69, including 10 suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Luggage storage available.
Double rooms from $150.00, excluding tax at 17.4 per cent.
Rates do not include breakfast; it’s $12 for an American breakfast, or choose from the à la carte menu.
One of our all-time, top five favourite cult rom-coms, John Cusack’s High Fidelity, was based and filmed in Wicker Park, despite the original Nick Hornby story being set in London. The closest thing to the fictional Championship Vinyl record store is the comparably old school Reckless Records (1379 N Milwaukee Ave), although Dick and Barry almost certainly don’t work inside.
At the hotel
Cocktail bar, lounge bar, café, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Cable TV, Bluetooth stereo, iPod dock, minibar, hairdryer, Le Labo bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Every room gets a healthy dose of sunlight, but it’s the triangular-shaped Corner Suites which have the best views. They, along with the jumbo Panorama Suite, have windows along all but one of their sides, giving 180-degree views of the neighbourhood below and beyond that, the city skyline.
A refreshingly unheated triangular pool is neatly slotted into the rooftop terrace. There are ledge-side sunloungers and tables looking out over the city, and drinks service, so its worth packing your swimwear in anticipation now.
Binoculars, to make the most of the expansive views. In season, don’t forget your swimsuit for the rare-in-Chicago rooftop pool. For the young or young-at-heart, a kite – it is the Windy City, after all.
The communal areas and four King rooms are fully accessible to guests with mobility issues and have the ADA stamp of approval. There is a lift to all floors of the building.
All ages welcome. Highchairs and full-size or travel baby cots are available on request.