A boutique hotel in the North Loop, Virgin Hotels Chicago offers on-trend accommodations in the Windy City’s business district. Rooms feature private compartments with an array of amenities, like free WiFi and speciality pet-friendly rooms. There are also several on-site eateries, including Miss Ricky’s diner, Commons Club and the swanky Cerise rooftop bar. Plus, the hotel holds an array of events from live music to weekend tea parties at their in-house venues, so you can be that friend who always knows where the coolest party is. To boot, the location is pretty sweet—just two blocks from the Chicago Riverwalk to the north and Millennium park a few blocks south.
Virgin Hotels Chicago –Best for…
While this trendy location has amenities for every type of traveler, those visiting for work can take advantage of some pretty ideal deals. For those who frequent the Windy City, Virgin Hotels offers hefty business travel discounts. There are also an array of event spaces for conferences or meetings spanning banquet halls to auditorium-style seating and cozy conference rooms, and all offer personalized catering services.
Plus, you don’t have to interrupt your routine while you’re away. The rooftop gym and fitness center is high-tech Technogym cardio machines so you can check your email while you work up a sweat. In your room, enjoy a private sleep space with a desk and work area and, of course, free WiFi.
Also Best for Pet owners
Traveling with your furry friends? Virgin offers pet-friendly rooms that are specially designed with “pet-menities” like a special pet room with a porcelain watchdog, a dog bed as comfy as yours, food and water dishes (stocked with treats), and a Virgin Hotels bandana.
Virgin Hotels Chicago Amenities
Unique rooms and luxury suites feature two lifestyle-focused rooms separated by sliding privacy doors. Guest rooms feature both a dressing room and sleeping lounge, making each room more like a suite. The sleeping lounge features the bed and desk area for a quiet place to recharge or get some work done.
Guests can even order room service or signal the concierge with the Virgin mobile app. There’s free WiFi everywhere in the hotel, a mini-bar stocked with street prices, and a spacious vanity equipped with an oversized mirror and flattering lighting. Custom hybrid beds feature ergonomic headboards and erectable footboards for lavish comfort. There is also a Poliform-designed closet with loads of shelving, hanging space, drawers and special shoe storage. There’s also a full-length mirror for that perfect outfit selfie.
Of course, the hotel’s trendy on-site dining is a top selling point. The Commons Club is the hotel’s in-house bar, and it’s a lot more than your traditional lobby lounge. There’s an eclectic menu of modernized American eats, a lush wrap-around bar, and an assortment of craft cocktails. The venue hosts live music and an array of other entertainment throughout the year.
For more casual, but of course still trendy, dining, there’s Miss Ricky’s Diner. The space serves up comfort food during playful breakfasts, lunches and brunches. The gem of all, however, is Cerise rooftop bar. The swanky indoor/outdoor space features panoramic views of the cityscape from 26 floors high and hosts an array of events like concerts, DJs and rooftop parties complete with bites and craft cocktails.
Virgin Hotels Chicago Location
Virgin Hotels Chicago is pretty much in the heart of it all. In the North loop just south of the Chicago River, the hotel is steps from the Chicago Theater, Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center. The State Street shopping district is close by as well, or you can walk south to Magnificent Mile on the nearby Michigan Avenue. You can also go across the bridge for the North River entertainment district for more shopping and nightlife. Just one block west, the State/Lake subway station accesses five lines across the city.
Nearby accommodations include theWit Chicago, St. Jane Chicago, and Kimpton Hotel Monaco. All options, including Virgin Hotels, fall within the same relative price range.
Virgin Hotels Chicago –The Verdict
This four-star hotel doesn’t leave much to be desired. Situated in a convenient downtown location, there’s an on-site fitness center, luxe rooftop bar, free WiFi, and elegantly appointed rooms. The hotel is definitely marketing toward the younger set for its happening events, trendy accommodations and late-night bar scene. If that sounds like your kind of fun, Virgin Hotels Chicago is a no-brainer.