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The Godfrey Hotel Opens... Tomorrow!

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January 31, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

Let's see... where did we leave off with The Godfrey Hotel? Last time we discussed what was going to be inside the River North property, it was October. And there have been some big updates since then like the hotel contest you can actually win. Also, the hotel opens tomorrow on February 1.

That's right: the 16-story, cubist-inspired property will fling open its doors to actual guests. Inside, there's free WiFi everywhere, an elliptical lobby decked in marble, a full-service restaurant, and a small spa. The 221 guest rooms come stocked with bathrobes (we had to check), L'Occitaine bath products, and high-tech features that sound, well, fun. Let's just say: Should you wish to use your smartphone as a TV controller, you're all set.

But the fourth floor I|O Urban Roofscape is where we're placing our bet for Chicago hotspot of the summer. Comprising indoor and outdoor space (get it? I|O?) the swank spot has has an outdoor lounge with a retractable roof—so it will stay open all year—as well as south-facing views of the city skyline, and, oh, yes, a two-level fire pit.

Chef Riley Huddleston, an Aviary alum, will oversee the kitchen at I|O. We got our hands on the menu, which has hearty offerings like Waygu steak sliders, truffle mac and cheese, and Eli's cheesecake (this is Chicago, after all.) There's also a "math-produced cocktail program" that we don't quite get yet, so let us get back to you after we've had a few sips of it.

Rates for opening weekend start at $109 a night.

[Photo and Rendering: The Godfrey]

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