Music fanatics will find every excuse to ride the elevators at the ACME, where a genius assortment of original LP jackets paints the back wall. Boston, The Clash, MGMT and Florence & The Machine were among the stellar selection in our car.
Inside the rooms, we couldn't miss some tame ACE inspiration in the canvas wall art, hangers sans closets and a youthful design. But ACME remains unique in the way it speaks to a need for more luxury. We’re not talking Waldorf-Astoria or Trump Chicago luxury, but modern furnishings and plusher linens that lend a more comfortable vibe than ACE’s rugged – though arguably more original – style.
Still, ACME’s originality shines in sweet, high-tech touches. In our last review we mentioned the Bowers & Wilkens Zeppelin audio systems, and the Apple and HDMI connections to stream your own movies to 46” LED TVs, but our latest, fav discovery is the giant lip-stained nightlight built into the bathroom mirror. There’s also a cool robe to sport while waiting for your morning coffee delivery, which you can schedule ahead of time (service coming soon).
More soft goods (think meeting space and fitness center) are coming to ACME by the end of May and the lobby and neighboring restaurant will be finished in the Fall of 2012, but we like what we see so far. The vibe is techy, urban, young and smart – definitely a fresh face on the Chicago hotel scene. Grab up some great rates while ACME makes the transition to completion and offers an opening special of 25% off rates that start at $159.
Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn