Entering the 21c Museum Hotel Chicago, it’s clear that the front desk plays second fiddle to the life-size sculpture of a bison and other works that extend through the expanded common areas of the building, open to the public as a museum.
The company-owned art collection is contemporary, international (the bison came from a French artist) and vast. Chicago is the biggest city that the nine-property brand, founded in Louisville by art collectors Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, has entered so far.
The hotel is located one block from shopping at Magnificent Mile. It offers luxury rooms, a full service spa, a fitness centre and a restaurant.
✅ free Wi-Fi • 297 rooms • hotel opened: February 2020 (previously The James Hotel) • interior design: Deborah Berke Partners • bathroom amenities: Malin + Goetz • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk