Luxury Boutique Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Located in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the Thompson Chicago is surrounded by some of Chicago’s most popular attractions, from the world-class shopping of the Magnificent Mile just two blocks away to the dining and night life of Rush Street. The property, which opened in October of 2013 and was voted one of the best large city hotels in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure readers, also has individually curated artwork in each room and an Italian seafood-driven restaurant off the lobby.
While the neighborhood outside seems to move at a frenetic pace, Thompson Chicago’s elegant rooms and suites make for a relaxing oasis with gentle jewel tones, velvet chairs, and natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows. Whether you’re staying for business or splurging on a night in the big city, the Thompson Chicago has some sophisticated digs, set right in the center of Chicago.
While the rooms are luxurious and the views of the skyline glitter, visitors would be remiss not to check out Nico Osteria, an Italian seafood restaurant from the creators of some of Chicago’s most renowned eateries, including Blackbird, avec, The Violet Hour, and Big Star. Paul Kahan, chef of Nico Osteria, received the 2013 James Beard award for outstanding chef. Here you’ll find rustic Italian cuisine and ultra-fresh flavors in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Chicago’s Gold Coast: Ritzy Neighborhood with Historic Mansions and Upscale Restaurants
Just north of the Loop and along Lake Michigan, the Gold Coast neighborhood occupies some of the city’s most desirable real estate. The area’s reputation as an upscale residential spot dates back to 1882, when wealthy businessmen began building castle-like mansions along the waterfront. You can still see some of these estates along Lake Shore Drive; for example, the International Museum of Surgical Science is housed in a 1917 mansion modeled after a French chateau. The Gold Coast’s stylish legacy still exists in the clothing stores lining North Michigan Avenue, the so-called Magnificent Mile. Walk down nearby Oak Street to find the boutiques of high-end designers like Chanel, Prada, and Hermès.
Those looking for a hip nightlife scene will find trendy restaurants and nightclubs—many of which are open until 5 a.m.—catering to a well-dressed crowd. For people-watching and the occasional celebrity sighting, head to Rush and Division, a see-and-be-seen spot dotted with upscale shops, classic Chicago bars, and diamond-encrusted parking meters.
With classic Christmas films shown in an art-deco theater to ice-skating beneath the skyline, Chicago rivals New York as the country’s premier holiday destination.