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Quirky Ace Hotel has always had a penchant for off-the-beaten-track locations – often ahead of the cruve, helping an entire neighbourhood to reinvent itself – and its newest outpost, Ace Hotel Chicago, is no exception. Situated in the west loop, an area of town that has seen a steep gentrification in recent years, the boutique hotel chain occupies a cluster of industrial buildings that was once home to a cheesemaking factory. Designed by Chicago-based practice Grec Architects, it comprises of three separate buildings: a seven-storey concrete structure to the north, a red brick building forming its southern wing, and both connected by modern corridor.

While the older building is a nod to the area’s historic legacy, the remainder of the buildings is distinctly modern, and inspired by the austere principles of the Bauhaus movement. The property features 159 guestrooms and suites in various sizes, ranging from a compact 290 sq.ft. to 864 sq.ft. for those who prefer to live at large, and a number of these pads come with stunning skyline views. The design aesthetic is typically Ace Hotel, fusing modern comfort, understated design pieces and cherry-picked props with the building’s architectural features. All rooms come with free wifi, Rudy’s toiletries and Pearl+ soaps.

Mind you, some rooms even have turntables or guitars. As for the facilities of Ace Hotel Chicago, they add to the free-spirited, artistic vibe the chain has become known for. Obviously, they come in matching form, and include the midwest’s first Stumptown Coffee Roasters café in the lobby area, an all-day neighbourhood restaurant and garden terrace called City Mouse, and which serves a wide range of tasty classic dishes, in addition to a landscaped roof terrace replete with bar where to sit back and mingle with fellow guests and locals. Two flexible event spaces, one on the ground floor and another up on the sixth, are readily available for business or pleasure.

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