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Incorporating Spirit of New Bauhaus, Ace Hotel Chicago Opens

CHICAGO—Ace Hotel Chicago is slated to open today. Located in the city’s West Loop neighborhood, known for its cultural, food, art and design scene, the 159-room hotel offers event and public spaces along with a signature restaurant and rooftop bar.

“It feels so good to be in Chicago—to pay tribute to the city’s great thinkers and makers and celebrate its design history, its culinary expertise and its ongoing cultural renaissance,” said Kelly Sawdon, partner and chief brand officer, Ace Hotel/Atelier Ace. “We hope to be able to provide a gathering space for visitors, locals and other people who stop in on their way to explore the city.” 

Sterling Bay Companies are the developers behind the project while the team at GREC Architects serves as the architect. The Chicago-based architecture firm designed the building incorporating the spirit of the New Bauhaus in Chicago while preserving the existing Fulton Market landmark cheese factory facade on the south side of the building. GREC Architects also worked with Ace on the conversion of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.

For the design, Ace partnered with Los Angeles-based design studio Commune to bring to life a vision that pays homage to the city by marrying Midwestern craftsmanship with utilitarian design. Simple, straightforward and detailed materials evoke Mies Van Der Rohe’s work at the Illinois Institute of Technology and simple coloration, handwoven textiles, natural leather, wools and linens were used to add a layer of warmth and texture to the clean lines.

Guestrooms are complemented by a piece of art on Ace Hotel Chicago letterhead stationary—each carefully stippled, painted or hand-drawn by a student of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a project curated by SAIC painting professor Dan Devening. Built-in plywood and linoleum furnishings juxtaposed with the polished steel are nods to the designs of Arne Jacobsen and Richard Neutra.

For drinks, Waydown is a rooftop lounge area located on the seventh floor with views of the downtown skyline and a menu of cocktails, spirits, beer and wine. For dining, there is the hotel’s signature restaurant, City Mouse.

Ace Hotel Chicago is the newest member of the Ace family joining Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, London, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Portland, OR and Palm Springs, CA.