The Ace Hotel Chicago, a 159-room boutique property in Chicago's West Loop, officially opened today. The ninth Ace Hotel to join the portfolio is in a repurposed historic building, with the original Fulton Market landmark cheese-factory facade preserved on its south-facing side.
Aside from drawing in out-of-town guests, Ace officials hope the new hotel will draw plenty of locals, too, with its signature restaurant and bar. The latter, Waydown, has a rooftop lounge area on the seventh floor with panoramic views of the downtown skyline. The in-house restaurant, City Mouse, is a collaboration between executive chef Pat Sheerin and chef Jason Vincent and his team from the popular Logan Square restaurant, Giant. Stumptown Coffee's first Midwestern outpost also is on-site.
As with other Ace properties, the new hotel promotes local art and culture. In each guest room is a unique piece of art created by students from the Art Institute of Chicago. The property also commissioned a series of works by emerging artists from Chicago's Volume Gallery that are displayed throughout the hotel.
The new hotel raised more than $25,000 with pre-opening events to benefit three local organizations - Little Black Pearl, Young Chicago Authors and 826CHI - all of which focus on the empowerment and social development of youth in the city.
Meeting and event spaces on-site include Mahoney, a flexible 1,992-square-foot space on the ground floor; the 2,876-square-foot Prairie, a rooftop garden terrace with a garden; and Form and Function, two flexible sixth-floor spaces spanning 1,657 and 1,235 square feet, respectively, that can be combined and open up onto the Prairie terrace. Both Form and Function have large windows with views of the city's skyline.
The latest Ace joins a portfolio that includes properties in Seattle; Portland, Ore.; New York City; Palm Springs, Calif.; downtown L.A.; London; Pittsburgh, and New Orleans.