Wired to the nines, the much-anticipated luxury hotel LondonHouse Chicago is also firmly rooted in the city’s rich past.
The octagonal shapes repeated in the gold-lacquered ceiling of LondonHouse Chicago’s historic rotunda are subtly repeated throughout the rest of the Simeone Deary-designed hotel.
Landmark buildings are plentiful in the Windy City, but few have the history of LondonHouse Chicago, which was built in 1923 as the London Guaranty & Accident Building and is set on the original location of Fort Dearborn. “This really is where Chicago was born, right there on the river,” says George Jordan, senior vice president of operations for Oxford Hotels & Resorts, of the location.
A striking new 22-story glass tower connects to each floor, but just as stunning is the handsomely restored original historic rotunda, which features a gorgeous coffered ceiling lacquered in rich gold and adorned with ornate octagonal designs that are subtly repeated throughout the Simeone Deary-designed hotel.
Combined with high-tech touches like a destination dispatch elevator system and rooms equipped with keyless entry via smartphone and 55-inch flatscreen TVs, LondonHouse both pays homage to the past and looks deftly to the future. Says Jordan, “This place is going to sparkle.” Opens this spring. 85 E. Wacker Dr., 312-357-1200