Ultra-Luxury Hotel Opens in Chicago in the World’s Tallest Building Designed by a Woman
Posted on 05/25/2023
It’s an architectural wonder 101 stories high in Chicago’s Lakeshore East neighborhood that transforms the Windy City’s skyline. Eleven of those floors make up the newly-opened, ultra-luxury hotel St. Regis Chicago.
Designed by the world-renowned architecture and urban design practice led by Jeanne Gang, the tower breaks new ground as the tallest building in the world designed by a female architect.
The tower’s crystalline form was inspired by nature with its facets of a shimmering gem and its gradient of green-blue glass that reflects the colors of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
The St. Regis hotel captures that design innovation and brings its own glamorous spirit and celebrated rituals to its first location in the U.S. Midwest. It features a unique and distinctive design composed of an interconnected series of stacked, frustum-shapes that move rhythmically in and out of plane and extend to various heights.
159 luxuriously-appointed guestrooms and 33 exquisite suites offer unparalleled 360-degree views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Guests will discover St. Regis' legendary butler service and traditional daily champagne sabre ceremonies to start an evening of cocktails; an expansive spa; over 11,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space; and world-class dining.
Throughout the hotel’s public areas, spa, and Presidential Suite, metallic materials and colors, such as copper and rust, are interwoven with geometric, angular lines, offering a nod to The Great Chicago Fire and the city’s geographic interconnectivity of waterways, buildings, and green spaces.
Guestrooms offer a place of respite and rejuvenation. A palette of natural stone and wood finishes create a connection to nature, juxtaposing its minimalistic beauty against an urban backdrop of skyline views.
All guests of the hotel will also enjoy the signature St. Regis butler service, a hallmark of the brand for more than a century, which presents personalized offerings like garment pressing and packing services, ensuring that each guest’s preferences are anticipated at every turn.
At Miru, an all-day dining venue on the 11th floor, the menu highlights Japanese small plates, sushi, and sashimi complemented by a selection of steak and seafood. Miru, which means "view" in Japanese, celebrates its location at the convergence of two bodies of water and Chicago Modernism design. The venue offers a variety of indoor and outdoor seating and features two stunning terraces offering spectacular views of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and the Chicago River.
The Coffee Bar on Eleven is also open daily serving a selection of grab-and-go breakfast items and handmade pastries, among other delights.
Slated to debut in Fall 2023, the Tuscan steakhouse, Tre Dita, from award-winning Chef Evan Funke, features fresh, handmade pasta, and classic Italian steaks cooked at an open-hearth wood fired grill.
Throughout the food and beverage spaces – including The Drawing Room and Library lounge areas – guests will experience three signature St. Regis brand rituals, including Afternoon Tea, evening Champagne Sabrage, and the hotel's unique Chicago-inspired twist on the brand’s signature libation, the Bloody Mary. The 1871 is served in a smoking glass, paying tribute to one of the most impactful events in the city’s history, The Great Chicago Fire, and features a local Rye Whiskey and a rim of smoked salt.
The St. Regis Spa occupies 12,000 square-feet of the Wellness Floor, evoking an urban oasis. Guests can sip champagne at the Celebration Bar, connect in the Iridium Lounge, and indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment. The Spa Suite offers a gathering space for VIPs, couples, families, and friends to enjoy treatment time together.
Overlooking the Chicago River with sprawling views of Navy Pier & Lake Michigan, The St. Regis Chicago’s fully attended fitness center features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, outdoor sundeck, yoga studio and two private fitness rooms.
A palatial, heated indoor pool offers stunning views of the city and Lake Michigan.
With more than 11,000 square-feet of meeting and event spaces, the hotel makes the perfect venue for cherished celebrations, gatherings, and meetings. The coveted venue of the Astor Ballroom can host receptions for up to 500 guests.
The St. Regis Chicago offers easy access to the Chicago River and is a short walk from the city’s leading luxury retailers, dining destinations, and notable cultural landmarks such as Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the famed Magnificent Mile.
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