In Brief: Located right off the famed Magnificent Mile shopping district in River North, this third version of Conrad Chicago is 20 levels high. It's a lot more luxurious than its predecessors, boasting a number of high-tech amenities such as a virtual concierge and "smart" guest rooms. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval is behind the two restaurants: Baptiste & Bottle and Noyane—Japanese Rooftop and Lounge.
Room Rates: $226-$436 per night
Hotel Size: 287 guest rooms, including 12 suites; and 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space
Address: 101 E. Erie St., Chicago
Phone Number: 312-667-6700
About Conrad Chicago: Certain to join the ranks of Chicago's most revered luxurious hotel properties, Conrad Chicago is a natural fit in a neighborhood famous for high-end dining, shopping and more. It's only steps away from the famed Mag Mile shopping district and it boasts three restaurants soon to be on food enthusiasts' hot lists.
Baptiste & Bottle offers new American cuisine enhanced by a bourbon-centric spirits menu and Noyane, located on the rooftop, features modern Japanese food and drinks.
As far as accommodations, Conrad Chicago goes all out in modern design. That's due to the collaborative efforts of hotelier Laurence Geller, international design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon and hospitality design firm Puccini Group. Some of the opulent design elements include rich leather wall accents, black granite entryways, and floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal a spectacular city backdrop. "Smart" room highlights range from keyless guest room entry to special lighting.
For guests short on time, the hotel has designed Conrad 1/3/5, a program showcasing unique and locally inspired experiences. It's for those who might only have one, three or five hours to explore the city and packages range from local landmarks to popular nightlife destinations. The property is also the first to offer a complimentary high-tech Conrad 1/3/5 experience with its Virtual Reality Enhanced Concierge. For example, guests may virtually look at the city from 1,000 feet above ground from the John Hancock building. The hotel also offers a private Fisker luxury house car for complimentary drop-off service within a two-mile radius.
5 Top Attractions Near Conrad Chicago
Chicago Sports Museum. It is comprised of 8,000 square feet and offers an interactive, high-tech experience, unique sports memorabilia (think Sammy Sosa’s corked bat), and an impressive collection of local sports artifacts. The Hall of Legends gallery highlights an array of “play with the legends” baseball, basketball, football and hockey interactive games, such as "defending the goal" with Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The museum opened in 1967 and quickly became one of the more well-known contemporary art museums in the country. It became notable when artist Christo wrapped the MCA building with 8,000 square feet of tarpaulin in 1969, his first of many such wraps in the United States. Since then, it's hosted a number of ground-breaking permanent and traveling exhibitions.
Noble Horse Carriages. Spend any amount of time wandering around the North Michigan Avenue shopping district and you're bound to seem them: vintage carriages being pulled by noble steeds ambling along next to the bustling traffic. These are the Noble Horse Carriages, part of what makes this area of the city unique. Pick up and drop off service to/from a nearby hotel/restaurant is available for an extra fee.
Oak Street Beach. Whether it's rollerblading, volleyball, relaxing and soaking in some rays or wanting to check out tiny swimwear, Oak Street Beach is steps away from the Magnificent Mile and a people-watching extravaganza right in the middle of a bustling Chicago. It's one of the city's most accessible beaches.
Richard H. Driehaus Museum. This historic building in the Gold Coast was once known as one of Chicago's wealthiest homes during the 19th century. It was then known as the Samuel M. Nickerson House, a mansion so grand in architecture and interior design that much of it has been preserved for visitors to enjoy today. The museum showcases a collection of preserved and restored furnishings from the Gilded Age, plus hosts a number of programs and traveling exhibitions.