Why We Love This Hotel
- This AAA 4 Diamond hotel is known for having great service
- Prime location in the ritzy Gold Coast neighborhood just off Rush Street
- Signature restaurant concept from James Beard Award-winning chef
- Easy to get around town -- walk or take a short cab to high-end shops, restaurants and sights
The hip Thompson Chicago arrived on the Chicago hotel scene in 2013 to much anticipation, and not long after its opening, Afar Magazine called it "a winning combination of modern-retro style...that impresses without being intimidating."
Also creating a buzz was the hotel’s signature restaurant concept -- Nico Osteria, which was crafted by Paul Kahan’s group (past winners of the prestigious James Beard Award). Kahan and his team are responsible for some of the city’s most innovative fine-dining establishments, including Blackbird, avec and The Publican.
The Thompson’s 22 stories rise above one of Chicago’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods, perfectly situated to take advantage of the city’s high-end shopping and restaurants. Oak Street luxury boutiques, popular eateries and Rush Street nightlife are all within several blocks (Chicago steakhouse institution Gibson’s is right across the street). It is a little further north than most hotels; if you plan to spend a lot of time in the Loop this probably isn't the spot for you.
The Thompson's rooms feature a modern, Art Deco-inspired feel with artwork commissioned specifically for the hotel and details like plush velvet built-in banquettes. Most rooms offer city views, with some claiming views of Lake Michigan, and the loft-style corner suites affording the best vistas.
High-end amenities include minibars stocked with locally-sourced snacks, and upscale spa bath products. There is a 1,000-square-foot fitness center open 24 hours, and free Wi-Fi is available in all of the rooms for the first 1.5mb (enough for web browsing and email).