Across the street from Millennium Park Plaza in the landmark Atlantic Bank Building, find Hotel Julian. The luxury accommodations offer access to all the shopping and culture on Michigan Avenue as well as spacious rooms and ample amenities. There’s free WiFi, high ceilings, and a trendy on-site steakhouse.
Hotel Julian – Best for…
Weekend sightseers and festival-goers
The Julian’s location is literally in the center of everything—with Millennium Park steps to the east and the River Walk a few blocks north. The hotel is a great option for those coming into town for festivals at Millennium Park, the Riverwalk, Monroe Harbor, Navy Pier and Grant Park. The Julian is a short walk from the Gospel Music Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center, Lollapalooza in Maggie Daley Park, and Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park, to name a few. After a day on your feet, slide into bed and 330 count Frette linens and binge some Netflix on your 55-inch smart TV.
Hotel Julian Amenities
King- and double queen-rooms feature high ceilings and contemporary furnishings. All are equipped with some luxe extras, like a 55-inch smart TV, 300 count Frette linens, plush robes and espresso machines. Bathrooms feature Pañpuri products. Vista and Millennium king rooms boast views of the city, and there are an array of accessible rooms available with roll-in showers and auto-controlled window coverings. Rooms feature safes and alarm clock radio with USB outlets and wireless charging. There’s also a hand-held steamer so you can freshen up your clothes without lugging that heavy hotel ironing board.
The Julian offers a loft of concierge services, like laundry and dry cleaning or valet parking. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center with bluetooth enabled cardio equipment and a Peloton Bike. WiFi is free, and you can stash your bags after you check out for an extra day of exploring.
One of Julian’s best characteristics, however, is its on-site steakhouse, ALK—short for About Last Knife. A play on words from the Chicago classic movie, About Last Night, the eatery serves up modern twists on classic American, like wedge salads, and of course, hearty stakes. The interiors paint an homage to the original building’s architect, Benjamin Marshall. ALK also specializes in hosting business dinners, special events and parties.
Hotel Julian Location
Tucked on North Michigan Avenue across the street from Millennium Park, Hotel Julian lets you access the city’s most popular attractions within a short walk. Millennium Park and its Pritzker Music Pavilion and famous Cloud Gate is a stone’s throw, and Maggie Daley Park is just down the street. The innovative park features a skating rink, climbing wall and children’s playground. The Chicago Cultural Center is one block south, and the Chicago Theatre is one block east. To the north, find the Chicago Riverwalk and the North River entertainment district across the bridge.
Nearby accommodations include the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/North Loop, Virgin Hotels Chicago, and Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. For a four-star hotel in this prime location, the Julian is in line with its nearby competitors, but pricer than hotels in other parts of the loop.
Hotel Julian –The Verdict
Accommodations at Hotel Julian are minimal in style and contemporary in amenities. There’s a smart TV, charging station and ultra-cozy robes. Tucked in the landmark Atlantic Bank Building, the Julian honors Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall with its luxurious mix of vintage and modern style. The hotel’s real charm, however, is its location. Across from Millennium Park on its north corner, the building truly provides access to all of Chicago’s biggest attractions, within walking distance. That, plus the four-star service, justifies the splurge.