Thompson Hotels will start taking reservations as the new Chicago location on October 1, making this Thompson's 11th property to date.The international brand will begin their first phase of the opening during the fall and will continue rolling out new developments through end of the year. The 247-room Thompson Chicago boasts unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and a number of modern conveniences for a home-away-from home experience.
Of their seven room choices, three will be suite options including six two-level penthouses. In the 320-square-foot King Superior room, custom-made 400 thread count SFERRA linens dress the bed. The large corner King Suite is laid out as a studio space with a sitting area and partial lake views. Amenities include oversized terrycloth robes by Frette, individual temperature control units and Dean & Deluca gourmet snacks.
Designing the space, award-winning British designer Tara Bernerd teamed up with Chicago’s local talent to bring the brand’s envisioned hotel to life. Bernerd, who also created the interiors for Belgraves’ in London, brought a strong modern approach while keeping a warm atmosphere throughout. Her signature style is present in the guest rooms, public spaces and restaurant which is marked by bold colors and strong textures.
Joining the cast of players for Thompson Chicago is the restaurant group behind Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, The Violet Hour and Publican Quality Meats. One Off Hospitality Group will open NICO at the hotel which will serve Italian cuisine focused on fresh pastas made daily. Housed in a rustic yet elegant setting, the menu will feature the finest seasonal seafood and craft dishes inspired by Italian traditions. At its helm will be the winner of the 2013 James Beard Outstanding Chef Award, Executive Chef Paul Kahan.
The chic hotel will also be available for upscale events in their 12,225 square feet of function space. Each of the penthouses and private dining rooms will also be options for hosting a special occasion in the affluent Gold Coast neighborhood. For business travelers, the property will cater to their needs with Wi-Fi access, projectors, state-of-the-art AV technology, custom catering menus and 9,000 square feet of space for up to 200 guests.
The Thompson Hotels portfolio includes locations in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Miami Beach and is affiliated with a host of high-end properties throughout the country. In the coming year, Hotel Victor in Miami will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation and will reopen as Thompson Ocean Drive. With more new projects in development, Thompson also plans to open a Cabo San Lucas hotel.