1) The new Chicago hotel will be masterminded by Tara Bernerd, the same rockstar designer responsible for the Belgraves London. One look at Bernerd’s touch there -- edgy yet cozy, modern yet vintage -- and we're anxious to see what she does in Chicago. The existing 246 rooms, originally built in the 1980s, are big, too--more room for Bernerd to play with.
2) A major addition to the hotel’s public space and significant F&B program, Thompson Chicago’s new restaurant will hail from One Off Hospitality Group. These are the same guys -- Paul Kahan, Donnie Madia, etc. --that created some of the very best restaurants in Chicago, including avec, BIGSTAR, Blackbird and Publican.
3) AJ Capital is a force behind this purchase, as well as a few other new big-deal, Chicago hotels: Hotel Lincoln and the soon-to-come Chicago Athletic Association and SoHo House Chicago. If Thompson Chicago delivers anything near the character and style of these hotels, we are in for an awesome treat.
4) It shares its Gold Coast nabe with PUBLIC Chicago and the Waldorf Astoria Chicago – and positioned right on the bustling Triangle just off of Rush (with Michigan Avenue at the other end of the block and Luxbar and Gibson’s just across the street). And we can't forget to mention Oak Street shopping just one block over. Yep, the hotel’s location is prime for both locals and tourists alike.
Check back for updates as we'll definitely be on watch to see how the renovations play out.