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Stay in the Loop at the Mies-in­spired Ace Ho­tel Chicago

Wallpaper - - October - 311 N Mor­gan Street, tel: 1.312 764 1919, ace­ho­ Rates: from $299

The Mies-in­spired Ace Ho­tel in Chicago

Since open­ing its first prop­erty in Seat­tle in 1999, the Ace Ho­tel Group has steadily claimed strongholds in nine other ma­jor cities. The lat­est to join the ranks is Chicago, where the ho­tel stands within a newly con­structed build­ing – a first for the group.

Lo­cated in the his­toric Ful­ton Mar­ket district, a hot­bed of wa­ter­ing holes and restau­rants in the West Loop, the 159-room prop­erty was de­signed by lo­cal firm GREC Architects. Its glass-and-con­crete aes­thet­ics nod to the New Bauhaus, while the pre­served brick façade of a for­mer cheese fac­tory, on the build­ing’s south­ern wing, helps an­chor the new build in the listed neigh­bour­hood.

Once in­side, the ho­tel’s fu­sion of past and present hits a so­phis­ti­cated tone with in­te­ri­ors de­signed by Com­mune. In­spired by the city’s most fa­mous ar­chi­tect, Lud­wig Mies van der Rohe, his build­ings at the Illi­nois In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, and other key Bauhaus émi­grés, the firm used sim­ple ma­te­ri­als such as pol­ished steel, brass, ply­wood and linoleum as the ground­ing el­e­ments of the space.

A large sky­light sys­tem en­ables light to flood the pub­lic spa­ces, which are filled with be­spoke and vin­tage fur­ni­ture. Hand­wo­ven fab­rics, leather and Ge­orge Nakashima rugs add a craft-fo­cused layer to the mod­ernist in­te­rior, while up­stairs, rooms come with pops of colour, light­ing by Ate­lier de Troupe and fur­ni­ture by Michael Boyd.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an Ace Ho­tel with­out a range of care­fully-cu­rated crea­ture com­forts. In ad­di­tion to the Mid­west­ern fare served at its sig­na­ture restau­rant City Mouse, the rooftop bar, Way­down, doles out craft beer, cock­tails and small plates. An out­post of Stump­town Cof­fee Roast­ers, the first in the Mid­west, serves as a fi­nal flour­ish.


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