Chicago

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theWit

Address: 201 N. State St.

Neighborhood: The Loop / Theater District

City: Chicago

Phone: 866-318-1514

Website: www.thewithotel.com

Expert Review

Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper, has been architectural geek heaven for years. It’s fitting, then, that not far from where Frank Lloyd Wright helped refine the cantilever (at Hyde Park’s Robie Residence) there’s now a glass-walled aerie for eight people called the Hangover, jutting from the 27th story of theWit hotel. In a central Loop location (just a stone’s throw from top theaters and eateries), theWit offers guests funky decor, stylish public spaces (including a spa, swank bars, and a screening room), and 298 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown Chicago and the river.

The style-conscious crowd that patronizes this perch is eye to window with famed skyscrapers like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s IBM Plaza, while nursing, say, a Tokyo paloma – a blend of fresh grapefruit juice and sake. Though the roof bar sports a laid-back vibe, there’s often a line around the block to get in, with celebrity drop-ins like Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, and Quentin Tarantino fueling the buzz. When Windy City gales start to blow, imbibers migrate to the Living Room, the cozier, covered half of the lounge with a crackling fireplace. Its newly debuted second-floor Phoenix Lounge is already creating some buzz, with a reader-friendly wine-list (“Lush Red”, “Buttery White”) and Mediterranean-inspired menu of small plates rounded out by chic décor (black velvet chairs, silver leather banquets, modern sculpture) and live evening acoustic sets from local artists. And lest we forget, the unexpected touches, like warm cookies at check-in, an "experience architect" concierge, and even wake-up calls recorded by character impersonators, are all sure to leave you smiling. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: luxury | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | great location | trendy | hotel bar | rooftop lounge

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