Chicago, United States

Thompson Chicago

Rates from (inc tax)$229.00

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Edgy city slicker


Glitzy Gold Coast

Sleek and sophisticated, the Thompson Chicago hotel takes over a tony address that’s just a saunter from Lake Michigan and boutiques galore in the city’s Gold Coast neighbourhood. Completely re-styled with a mid-century makeover and gleaming new fixtures throughout, this glassy tower makes the most of the sparkling skyline and surrounding city views. And, James Beard award-winning chef, Paul Kahan, will be enticing visitors and locals alike with his take on rustic Italian at Nico. 

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247, including 41 suites.


12noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $229.00, excluding tax at 17.4 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD268.85), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Linger in the lobby, with its custom chandeliers and soaring windows, each morning from 6am to 10am with a strong cup of locally brewed Intelligentsia coffee or tea and the daily newspaper.

At the hotel

Fitness centre, concierge, library, conference room, free WiFi throughout (usage over 1MB will be charged US$9.95 per day). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar with Dean and Deluca specialty snacks, REN bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We love that you can revel in those wide-open Windy City skyline or rolling lakefront views from the glassy floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. But the subdued and sophisticated King Suites – corner rooms with a semi-private lounging area and a cosy couch – offer a few more spots to curl up and watch the skyscrapers pop through the clouds from.

Packing tips

Swap well-worn trainers for urban trekking shoes. You’ll want to stroll down Michigan Avenue, aka the Magnificent-mile – a boutique and cultural-packed stretch – in serious style.


The hotel is completely non-smoking. Several rooms are adapted to accommodate mobility-impaired guests


Yes, pups of all sizes are welcome for no extra fee, and will be welcomed at check-in with a food bowl, toy and handy list of local pet services. See more pet-friendly hotels in Chicago.


Under 17 stay free, so bring the family. Baby cots are available at no charge, but additional beds are only permitted in the Penthouse Suite.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Snag a prime seat near the floor-to-ceiling windows and watch the Windy City whirl past outside.

Dress Code

Keep your look cool and contemporary and you'll blend right in with the well-heeled urban crowd here.

Hotel restaurant

Nico Osteria, a rustic Italian restaurant with an emphasis on fresh regional seafood and silky house-made pastas is a draw for visitors and locals, alike. Start with a spiny lobster crudo before moving on to lamb capeletti or a salt crusted wild branzino. James Beard-awarded and all-around culinary head-turning chef Paul Kahan, along with his restaurateur partners, are also the clever lot behind Avec, Blackbird, Publican, Big Star and the Violet Hour – some of the country’s most forward-thinking and influential dining hotspots.


Hotel bar

Salone Nico occupies space an airy atrium with high ceilings and exposed brick, but the cosy alcoves with velvety banquettes and cocktail tables for two, keep things intimate. Sip a refreshing apertific at the bar or a glass of wine from the well-selected list featuring small producers and older vintages. 

Last orders

Breakfast is served 6am – 10.30am; lunch weekdays 11am – 3pm; dinner 5pm – 11pm (Sunday to Thursday) and 5pm – midnight (weekends). The bar is open 10:30am – midnight.


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Thompson Chicago
21 East Bellevue
United States


Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport are both 35–45 minutes by car and have regular flights to most major US and international cities. O’Hare is also a hub for United Airlines (


Amtrak trains run in and out of Chicago Union Station on Midwestern routes. The closest L (the city’s metro line) train station is Clark/Division on the red line, which offers direct connection to River North and the Loop.


If you plan on staying in the city, a car is not necessary. Taxis are plentiful and many attractions and restaurants are an easy L, bus ride or pleasant stroll away. However, there are several reliable car hire options available at both airports, and valet parking is available the hotel for US$58 per night.

Worth getting out of bed for

City stays don’t come better placed than the Thompson Chicago. Perched on the southern edge of where the glitzy Gold Coast neighbourhood connects with the high-end shops of Oak Street and Michigan Avenue, and it’s just a two-block walk east to Lake Michigan, too. Power shop your way down Oak Street,  stopping off at designer dens like Barneys, Hermès, Vince and Jack Spade along the way. Stroll south on Michigan Avenue and catch the latest exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art just blocks from the hotel. Continue over the Chicago River to the sprawling and ever-evolving Millennium Park. Snap your reflection in Anish Kapoor’s shiny, bean-shaped Cloud Gate sculpture, and in warmer months, catch everything from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Wilco at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzger Pavilion. Admire architecture of the past and the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center. Then, take the sky bridge across the park to the Art Institute of Chicago’s glassy Modern Wing, designed by prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.  

Local restaurants

Worked up an appetite shopping? Then grab a bite at Fred’s Chicago, an Italian café conveniently located on the top floor of Barney’s New York, two blocks from the hotel on Oak Street. It’s open for lunch, dinner and a brunch worth lingering over on weekends, and has a convivial bar and outside patio. After all, what goes better with that new Marni tote you just scored, than a juicy grass-fed cheeseburger or crisp club salad? If you can’t get enough of chef Paul Kahan’s signature style, take a culinary tour of his other creative outposts around town, starting with Avec on Randolph Street. Squeeze up to the counter overlooking the open kitchen in this intimate, wood-paneled room (not unlike a sake box or sauna) and pair delectable bites – like chirizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped Medjool dates and chicken liver crostini – with the extensive wine list. Anyone who reveres the power of the pig, should not miss out on the Publican in the Fulton Market. Hearty micro-brewed beer and beautiful, briny oysters accompany this menu heavy with pork every way from succulent pork belly to paper-thin slices of aged ham.  


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Anonymous review

Ms Smith and I were headed to her hometown, Chicago, where I’d finally be experiencing the city of my all-time sports hero, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls. Oh, and not to be overshadowed by my Air Jordan obsession, I was also thrilled at the prospect of meeting my girlfriend’s family. Go Bulls! And family!

Another bonus: we were checking into the Thompson Chicago hotel, which was fresh from a complete renovation last year. This glassy tower is conveniently perched in the fashionable Gold Coast neighbourhood, just a few blocks stroll to the pulsing North-South artery of Michigan Avenue and the prestigious shopping strip of Oak Street.

Stepping inside, we both appreciated how the spacious lobby – with its dark colour scheme and glowing fireplace in the stylish lounge – managed to exude warmth despite the soaring space. And we were drawn in further by a receptionist who gave us the bubbly and typical American-style (or maybe that’s just a Midwestern thing?) welcome we Europeans love.

Our room was a perfect balance of Danish design and modern minimalism with a heritage twist. Located on the 17th floor, we had a bull’s-eye view on Lake Michigan and the climbing skyline (including the stately Drake Hotel ­­– a regal architectural highlight).

A scene, we discovered, that was even more mesmerizing after dark when the twinkling city lights and inky lake beyond makes you wanna just stay in your comfy room and stare out the window. 

Cloud-high views aside, right there on the wall was a drawing by contemporary artist Wes Lang. Now, it might not suit everyone’s taste, but I’m a long time fan, well before he collaborated with Kanye West (a Chicago native) to design the artwork for his T-shirt collection. I was later informed that Lang’s artwork hangs in every room (I asked to for a tour, but was politely denied).

Prior to our trip we were told that we should not miss out on dining at the hotel's restaurant Nico Osteria, the latest hotspot from chef Erling Wu-Bower and James Beard-award winning chef and restaurateur, Paul Kahan. We were warmly welcomed at the restaurant, which follows the same interior concept as the hotel – contemporary, modern and inviting thanks to pitch-perfect lighting and an in-crowd atmosphere.

Unfortunately, our standoffish waiter wasn’t having his best day, but this didn’t dampen our spirits, and we still managed to have a fabulous feast of beautifully arranged and tasty food, in spite of him. Our only misstep was that we skipped the pasta course, which (we later found out) is what their kitchen is famous for.

We ended our night (and several afternoons post sight-seeing, too) at the hotel's bar, an exquisite conversation piece by interior design standards, with delicious cocktails to match.

The hotel is set in the heart of the city, making it easy to explore the boutiques, bars and restaurants nearby (we loved the Original Pancake House, a throwback diner one block away) on foot. Or, rent bikes as we did for a spin along the very cycle-friendly lakefront path (26-miles in all). Of course, you could take advantage of the hotel’s free limousine service for a lift to downtown restaurants, too.

For a better understanding of the neck-craning structures and ornate buildings piercing the clouds, join a Chicago Architecture Foundation walking (offered year-round) or Chicago River boat (spring through late fall) tour.

We hopped on board the docent-led boat cruise, which opened up a unique perspective on the city and its impressive buildings and architectural features. Did you know that pioneering architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe lived in Chicago for over 15 years and put his stamp on the city?

Another cool area to explore, apart from the prominent downtown spots, is the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighbourhood set west and a bit south of the hotel (off the Damen Avenue stop of the Blue Line ‘L’ train – Chicago’s metro). It’s essentially to Chi-town what Williamsburg is to New York, and it's dotted with a number of concept stores, beautiful boutiques, vintage shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.

So, what about those Chicago Bulls? Well, I didn’t want to bore you, but just to let you know: I went to my first Chicago Bulls game and I had a blast! I felt like a 15-year-old boy again when I entered the United Center, and actual goose bumps appeared when I saw the soaring Michael Jordan statue. The award for best girlfriend, however, goes to Ms Smith, whom I dragged into nearly every sportswear store in search of vintage Bulls, Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks shirts. What’s a trip without souvenirs, right? 

No matter where we roamed though, we were always happy to return to the hotel and its prime location, cosy lounge bar, our sizeable room and the welcoming porter who was always quick with something funny or nice to say. Thanks to these small, but fine details, this may have been my first Chicago visit (what took me so long?) but it’s definitely not the last. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Thompson Chicago’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The rooms, the lobby, the concierge, the hotel bar and staff, the location. Pretty much everything. Straight across the street there's a pancake house for decadent breakfasts. Across the other street there is a fantastic steakhouse. Kitty-corner there's a branch of Lou Malnati's for some great pizza.

Don’t expect

The lake view rooms have great views indeed, but don't expect an unbroken panorama.


Stayed on 14 Aug 2016

We loved

Its cool vibe, its location, the friendly staff, the room size, the comfy bed, the restaurant...

Don’t expect

Powerful showers. It was a bit feeble, especially by American standards.


Stayed on 1 Aug 2016

We loved

The decor, the ambience, complimentary hot drinks for breakfast and the general Instagram-worthiness of the place! It's well located for restaurants, bars and tourist attractions. Recommend Sunda for amazing sushi, pancakes across the road from hotel and Luxbar for a cool cocktail.

Don’t expect

Anything too quiet, Chicago is a buzzing city that hardly ever sleeps!


Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

The size of the room, the comfort of the beds, everything about our stay was great!

Don’t expect

Anything but the best in service.


Stayed on 5 Dec 2015

We loved

Great location, staff excellent, restaurant superb, lively bar.

Don’t expect

Tea and coffee in rooms would be good.


Stayed on 13 Nov 2014