Awash in industrial touches like concrete and brick.
Chicagoans flock to the Thompson Hotel. Not for a staycation, although it’s certainly sexy enough to conjure a sense of escape, but to dine at heralded chef Paul Kahan’s Nico Osteria. Those who stay for longer than a bowl of pasta, however, can enjoy British designer Tara Bernerd's savvy taste. The Gold Coast hotel, formerly the Sutton Place, is awash in industrial touches like concrete and brick. Perhaps most strikingly, there is the centerpiece metal chandelier in the lobby, accompanied by a vintage collection of table lights and standing lamps. Here, there is also a mélange of contemporary artwork curated by Bravo’s Bill Powers. At the same time the mix of woods and blues is meant to evoke a glamorous vintage Saint Laurent. In true Thompson Hotels style, the 247 guestrooms have a modernist slant. Floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the city’s heady skyline, along with sleek, bespoke furniture, are draws, but the penthouses, offering covered terraces, are the real welcome rarity.