A recent work trip had me checking into The Hoxton, Chicago — the newest hotel in The Hoxton’s growing series. Located in Fulton Market District, a vibey neighbourhood that’s seen industrial buildings converted into cool restaurants and bars, it’s a great area to be based, putting you right in the action, and in walking distance of Downtown and many of Chicago’s top sites.
Rooms are spacious and full of light, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving you great views of the city. I’m a sucker for sleeping with the curtains open, especially in hotels, and totally loved waking up to those glorious city views each morning. Mid-century fans will go wild for the furniture, whilst others will crawl into the comfy cloud-like beds and struggle to resurface come morning. Bathrooms are modern, with roomy walk-in rainfall showers you’ll soak up every second in, and practical things like USB ports by your bedside, free easy-to-connect WiFi, and supermarket-priced drinks to stock up mini fridges, have all been thought through. Breakfast is delivered to your room each day in a little paper bag, filled with orange juice and a tub of overnight oats: a healthy something to start the day that will tide you over ’til brunch.
For further dining, you’ve got options. Ground-floor restaurant, Cira, serves Mediterranean-inspired flavours from morning ’til night, and it really is very delicious. I had dinner here one night and it was one of the best meals of the whole trip. Light, fresh, and elegantly put-together sharing plates are a far cry from a lot of the stuff you’ll eat here in Chicago! Up on the rooftop, Cabra is a Peruvian restaurant serving up fresh ceviche and killer views of the city. Headed up by Stephanie Izard, one of Chicago’s best female chefs, it’s a go-to for foodies, but be sure to book ahead to score a table, it’s popular. And come summer sure to be one of the city’s coolest hideaways with plenty of room to catch rays and a plunge pool to cool off. If you’re more in the market for a night cap, head down to Lazy Bird, the basement bar where you can choose from one (or two, three…) of 52 classic cocktails.
It’s the lobby where it’s really at though. Look up above the bar and spot the L train whizzing by, just a couple of feet from the glass — an iconic view that really reminds you where you are. Like any Hoxton hotel, the lobby here hums with a welcoming buzz from morning ‘til night. Locals and guests use the space like it’s their own, plugging away on laptops, kicking back in cosy corners, catching up over coffee, and later, over wine. Whatever time, you can walk in and feel right at home.
THE HOXTON, CHICAGO, rates from $159