To be fair, we're still taking it all in but we wanted to let you guys see what we're seeing as fast as possible. There will be more Public posts to come in the next few days, heck, possibly the next few hours, so keep checking this page for the latest.
For now, here's what we liked and didn't like:
The Rooms: The rooms were a treasure trove of goodies, functional furniture and lighting wonders.
The View: Killer view of downtown Chicago.
The Internet: Free and fast! All you needed to do was enter your name and room number.
The Library: Very Rose Bar but more open and inviting.
The Bikes: The hotel has bikes free for guests to ride. Lake Shore and the beach is just three blocks away. We're proud to say we were the first to break in the bikes!
The Pump Room: We'll have more on the restaurant later but NOMG, it is so good.
The Area: The hotel is tucked into a residential part of Gold Coast where you can stroll around for several blocks, admiring the varied architecture of houses and apartment buildings.
The Low Beds: A little too low for our old bones, also the mattress was very firm. Sheets and duvet, however, felt soft.
Noisy A/C: Maybe we could have controlled this better but the A/C's whirring woke us up a few times.
Toiletry Skimping: We only saw shampoo, conditioner and two bars of soap. No lotion or body wash.
Big Bathroom Door: The bathroom door took up seemingly most of the room. But perhaps we should be grateful it's not a peekaboo bathroom.
While we digest all the Public goodness, we suggest you take advantage of the hotel's opening rate which starts at $135 a night, although due to demand rates will probably hover around $215 a night instead.
We'll have more from Public Chicago over the next few days including a bit on the delicious Pump Room so watch this space to keep up!
[Photos and video: Juliana Shallcross for HotelChatter]