The Thompson Chicago is a boutique property with a luxurious style, a delicious seafood restaurant, and upscale vibe.
OUR ARTICLEBY: Alex Temblador Contributing writer
When you think of Chicago in the 1920s, you think glam, luxury, and a place where people went to see and be seen. Flappers mixed with gangsters and money flowed in and out of clubs, bars, and hotels. If the Thompson Chicago had been open in the 20s, it would have been a gangster’s paradise, as Coolio would say, because it’s embodying that old school sense of luxury with fabrics, furniture, and décor that feels brand new.
It’s hard not to feel elevated in the Thompson Chicago’s public spaces. The dark color scheme is broken up by purple or gold velvet furniture, exquisitely printed rugs, and the soft glow of fireplaces. While many areas are low-lit, look closely at the details of the furniture or the design tiled floors and you’ll notice the lush aspect of it all.
Gangsters may not be running Chicago as they did in the 1920s, and the luxe and glam may have toned down a bit, but who’s to say we can’t relive some of the grand and fine moments of Chicago’s history?
You’ll see the same exquisite design in the rooms at the Thompson Chicago. Looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows on Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile, it won’t be hard to feel like you’re on top of the world. A muted gray and tan color scheme combined with velvet furniture and custom woodwork makes for a stylish scene, while beds with Sferra linens invites you to relax in luxury. The gourmet mini bar is stocked with enough to satisfy your cravings after getting comfortable in the Frette terrycloth robes following a long, hot rain shower.
Despite the minibar, you’ll eventually need a full meal. Nico Osteria offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is known for hitting the spot with their pasta and seafood fare. There’s also Salone Nico, a wine bar and cocktail lounge serving up appetizers and top shelf drinks. In case you overdo it on the pasta and wine, Thompson Chicago does provide a 24-hour fitness center.
Gangsters may not be running Chicago as they did in the 1920s, and the luxe and glam may have toned down a bit, but who’s to say we can’t relive some of the grand and fine moments of Chicago’s history? We can – and we can do it all at the Thompson Chicago.
Amongst the historic mansions of Chitown’s Gold Coast, The Thompson is a trendy hotel for a modernist mindset who appreciates luxury
A 7-minute walk from the Clark/Division L stop for easy access to the city
Rooms include TVs and rainfall shower heads, plus free Wi-Fi. Big spender? Upgrade to a lake views or a suite with with private terraces
24-hour fitness center is available to get the sweat you need before an epic night out