There's A Building In Chicago Crying Out To Become An Ace Hotel
Hey Alex Calderwood of Ace Hotels, are you maybe thinking of continuing with your hotel opening flow by bringing an Ace to the Windy City? If so, have we got the building and neighborhood for you!
Several years ago when The Hipster Handbook was released, Chicago's Wicker Park community was used as an example of a prime hipster 'hood. These days, the scruffy indie music-loving hipsters (they aren't the NYC trust fund type) have grown up into trendy yuppies (truppies?) who would not only welcome a hip hotel to house their parents and friends, but they'd also love the addition of an Ace restaurant and Stumptown coffee.
Anchoring Wicker Park is the intersection of North Ave, Milwaukee and Damen also called "the six points" whose major landmark is the Northwest Tower Building. Rumors of it turning into a 90-room hotel have been whispered for years, but these days it's still home to artist studios and check-cashing offices.
Think about it, Ace Hotels; it's walking distance to the shopping strip in Bucktown with Marc by Marc Jacobs and multiple funky interior design and vintage shops. Not to mention that the area lost the awesome Filter cafe a couple years ago when a bank moved in, and the 'hood could really use the coffee snobbery of Stumptown. Also and here's the clincher there aren't any other hotels around, despite the cultural and shopping attractions of the district.
It would be excellent to not have to stay in downtown hotels anymore, and the building is just so you. Just a thought.
[Chicago photo: theeerin; NYC photo: HotelChatter]