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Issue 14: Chicago

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    • The serene guest rooms combine coziness with modern cool. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
      The serene guest rooms combine coziness with modern cool. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
    • Black and white portraits add a pop of personality to a private nook. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
      Black and white portraits add a pop of personality to a private nook. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
    • Humorous touches are everywhere. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
      Humorous touches are everywhere. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
    • The Pump Room bar once hosted luminaries like Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
      The Pump Room bar once hosted luminaries like Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
    • Irreverent portraits by Dutch photographer Hendrik Kerstens decorate the Library, a coffee bar cum cocktail lounge. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
      Irreverent portraits by Dutch photographer Hendrik Kerstens decorate the Library, a coffee bar cum cocktail lounge. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
    • Glimmering orbs cast a romantic glow over diners at The Pump Room. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
      Glimmering orbs cast a romantic glow over diners at The Pump Room. Photograph by Derek Richmond.

      Issue 14: Chicago

      The brainchild of hotelier to the fabulous, Ian Schrager, the 285 room Public Chicago offers high style and modern elegance in the former Ambassador East Hotel, a 1926 landmark building in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. The big draw, besides the polished interiors and luxe accomodations? The Pump Room, a fresh update on one of the city’s most storied supper clubs, now helmed by star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

      • Custom designed beds are kitted out in natural linens and eco-friendly memory foam pillows. Photographs furnished by The James Hotel.
      • David Burke's Primehouse offers an elegant take on the classic Chicago steakhouse and bar. Photographs furnished by The James Hotel.
      • Wine glasses are filled and eagerly await their guests. Photographs furnished by The James Hotel.
      • Stop in for a nightcap at Jimmy, the clubby in-house cocktail lounge. Photographs furnished by The James Hotel.
      • Stylish PUBLIC bikes for adults and Paul Frank child bikes are available to all guests free of charge. Photograph by Derek Richmond.
        Stylish PUBLIC bikes for adults and Paul Frank child bikes are available to all guests free of charge. Photograph by Derek Richmond.

        Issue 14: Chicago

        An impressive contemporary art collection and sleek yet warm mid-century decor set this appealing boutique hotel on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile apart from the rest of the pack. Want to really relax? Splurge for one of the sexy loft suites, which are equipped with private media rooms complete with lounge beds and big-screen movie projectors.

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        A spacious hotel with a posh, boutique feel, the MileNorth combines a careful attention to style and design with 4 star service. While the comfy rooms are outfitted with every amenity, the hotel’s prime location in the heart of the tony Magnificent Mile shopping district and a stone’s throw from the lakefront means you’ll find lots of temptations beyond its walls, too.

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        Rich browns and creams dominate the soothing decor. Photographs by Derek Richmond.
         
        Lie back and enjoy the view.
         
        Mies' grandson, Dirk Lohan, led the redesign of the hotel lobby.
         
        Stop for a cocktail at Travelle.
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          This Gold Coast classic contains a world class art collection (Warhol! Magritte!) and sumptuous suites decorated with elegant European flair. Its lofty perch ensures that every room has a jaw-dropping vista of Michigan Ave and the city skyline–but if it’s the ultimate in luxury you’re after, book the 1400 sq ft 46th-floor “Author Suite,” which houses an impressive collection of first editions and offers meditative views over Lake Michigan.

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          Rooms are furnished creatively, but with an eye to classic styling. Photographs by Derek Richmond.
           
          A pop of color.
           
          The chic IO Urban Roofscape, an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge.