PUBLIC Chicago

1301 North State Parkway, Chicago, IL, USA
Near North Side

Action Bar

Tablet Plus
PUBLIC Chicago offers the following privileges to Tablet Plus members:
  • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability

  • Guaranteed 4pm check-out

  • One complimentary glass of champagne or one cocktail, per guest, upon arrival

  • Guaranteed early 11am check-in

Add a Tablet Plus membership during this booking for special privileges at this hotel and hundreds of others or Learn more about Tablet Plus →

18.5
Rating

We select, you rate. Ratings are on a 20-point scale, and they're based on feedback from verified Tablet guests. If a hotel's rating falls below 16, it's gone — so your post-stay review is actually our most important quality-control tool.

Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms18
  • Public Spaces19
  • Service18.5
  • Overall18.5
136
Reviews

Most recent review:

What I liked:

Design was on point - felt very much at home and comfortable. Food was absolutely delicious, had the most amazing room service and in general the service at the hotel was very good.

What the hotel could do better:

Two things I noticed that would have made it 100% perfect:

1. Bath Robes

2. Being able to open the window and have a bit of fresh air

Marisela

Stayed August 2015

Read the Reviews (136)

199 Favorite this hotel — to remember it, to save it to your wish list, or simply to express yourself

Hotel Description

While the world’s less clued-in luxury brands are still trumpeting their “exclusivity” to anyone who will listen, some of the hotel industry’s savvier players have come to recognize what a sour taste that concept can leave. Among them is none other than Ian Schrager, whose trailblazing boutique hotels did their fair share to enshrine exclusivity as a marker of luxury. But his new philosophy of inclusivity is embodied at PUBLIC Chicago, something of an anti-boutique boutique, an anti-design design hotel. As long as the service isn’t anti-service — and it isn’t — we’re still on board.

In many ways Chicago, less image-obsessed than Los Angeles or New York, is the perfect city to launch an experiment like this. And the former Ambassador East is an especially fitting location — it was here in the mid-‘80s that Phil Collins was turned away for failing to wear a dinner jacket. Suffice it to say that Jean-Georges won’t be chucking Kanye West out into the street anytime soon, at least not over sartorial issues.

PUBLIC may leave behind the velvet-rope aspect of the first generation of boutique hotels, but it holds onto Schrager’s trademark expressiveness, that emotional investment that makes a hotel feel like more than just a machine for lodging. Here a little design (by the likes of Yabu Pushelberg and Gabellini Sheppard) goes a long way. The spaces are theatrical, but subtly so, less like art installations and more like stylish backdrops for guests’ memories.

It’s a timeless style that seamlessly blends the classic and the contemporary — this building’s got plenty of architectural history, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Pump Room restaurant boasts an impressive collection of black-and-white celebrity portraits. Imagine a modern crowd inhabiting a circa-1938 period piece and you’re most of the way there, stylistically speaking.

Bottom line: it’s effortlessly chic, but with a compensating dose of Midwest unpretentiousness. The comforts and service are pitch-perfect, always sufficient but never precious or over-opulent. And with 285 rooms there’s space in here for everyone — no velvet rope required.

Read more Hide Details

Hotel Criteria

  • 285 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Happening

Map

Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Valet parking (charges apply)

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. Children 17 and under stay free using existing room bedding (must be accompanied by an adult).

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

Hotel Booking Widget

Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Valet parking (charges apply)

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. Children 17 and under stay free using existing room bedding (must be accompanied by an adult).

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

Map