If you’re looking for a comfortable haven in the heart of Chicago’s busy downtown area just north of the Loop, you’re in luck! The historic Claridge House Chicago, in the Gold Coast neighborhood, opened earlier this year after a $9 million renovation and is now offering great service and a luxurious, welcoming atmosphere to travelers from everywhere.
Chicago is an international-class city with a rich history, and the Claridge House matches this vibe with its deep roots in the region, combined with all the luxuries you want as a traveler. Previously known as Hotel Indigo, Claridge House is housed in a classic building that was designed by Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager and constructed in 1923, originally as a home for Chicago’s wealthy residents.
Our House…You’re Home
Today, it’s a modern oasis with contemporary interiors that are completely resident-friendly and it matches their tag line: “Our House … You’re Home”. While the new look preserves the original architecture, it steeps the property in textures and aesthetics designed to foster tranquility and togetherness. The lobby evokes a home’s living room, while guest rooms are designed to be true bedrooms.
The space now features 165 guest rooms with all the amenities you could want – including tablets from which you can order room service and talk to the front desk. And gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding area, of course! For business-minded travelers, there are sophisticated sites, such as the aptly named Da Vinci Room, for maximum productivity. For touristy accommodations, there’s proximity to all the great places in Chicago, from beaches to buildings.
Location, Location, Location
Claridge House is close to many of the places you want to go – Oak Street for shopping, Rush Street for nightlife, and Michigan Avenue for sightseeing. You can easily get anywhere downtown, even though the hotel itself is based in a quieter and more charming neighborhood. The Gold Coast is a historic and old area, even for Chicago. In fact, Claridge House is located across the street from Ernest Hemingway’s old apartment, where he did some of his early writing.
So, you can feel free to stay in or go out in style. It’s your choice, with all of Chicago’s most desirable attractions close by. However, Claridge House makes it easy to stay in, since you’re enjoying all the benefits of an intimate home-like atmosphere. And the hotel is pet-friendly, helping to provide a community feel that attracts neighbors to one another. Coming here is an immersive, yet exciting, experience!
Dining at Claridge
If you’d like to dine at the hotel, you can enjoy the atmosphere at Juniper Spirits & Oysters, an upscale restaurant and bar off the lobby headed by Chef Felipe Patron that’s already garnered positive reviews on Facebook, TripAdvisor, and Yelp. It features an American-style, seafood-focused menu with fresh oysters and crudo, flatbreads, sandwiches, and craft cocktails. The Sunday brunch menu is full of classics and innovations, from avocado toast to gourmet BLTs. If it’s nice weather outside, you might wish to enjoy the patio overlooking Dearborn Street. Or you can choose the dining room, or even the hotel lobby lounge.
Claridge House recognizes not just its Chicago heritage, but also the origins of the Claridge name. The current interior design actually draws upon a “full circle” motif, to recognize how the hotel is returning to its origins as a residential hotel named after the famous London property, with a colorful past that includes a number of personality changes, ownership changes, closures, and renovations. Its new life is a rebranding, of course, but Claridge House remains a major part of life on the Gold Coast – as it has been for almost a century.
Other services at this hotel include concierge services, a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa, dry cleaning, and valet parking. Prices per room start at $169. The site is full of original artwork, sophisticated design, and communal spaces. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available as well. To make reservations, call 312-787-4980 or visit www.claridgehousechicago.com. You can follow the hotel on social media, too, on Facebook and at @ClaridgeHouse on Twitter and Instagram.