Ready to update your interiors? Get the creative juices flowing by checking into one of Chicago’s freshest high-design hotels. (Hey, research is research!)
Located in the landmark 1929 art deco Carbide and Carbon building, this recently opened Loop destination embraces its building’s rich history, while also offering travelers a taste of luxe, modern-day confines. Experience both via lobby-level touches like a grand white vintage fireplace and undulating crystal chandeliers, while each of the guest rooms has its own bold flair, with touches like herringbone pattern floors, velvet accents, and striking black marble light fixtures. 230 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
This is the first luxury boutique property from Bedderman Lodging (Urban Holiday Lofts, FieldHouse Jones), and, as such, they’re going big — in boutique ways, of course. Just 21 rooms outfit the space, each one showcasing its own personality and perks with exposed brick walls, local artwork, and custom millwork. Inspired by its Wrigleyville surroundings, the property holds nothing back in its enthusiasm for the Cubs — cases in point include a baseball bat installation in the lobby and rooftop couches surrounded by ivy gates, which are meant to mimic the famed walls of Wrigley Field. 3475 N. Clark St., Chicago
This Gold Coast property recently underwent a $9 million renovation, resulting in an upscale neighborhood newcomer rife with lived-in vibes. Credit that comfort-first feel to The Gettys Group — they drew directly from the inviting quality of a residential apartment for each of the 165 rooms, which feature details like moody lighting, plush throw blankets, and gallery walls of individually selected artwork. 1244 N. Dearborn Parkway, Chicago
As you plan your staycation, take a moment to think of those who don’t have a safe space to call home. These 25 amazing nonprofit organizations are committed to improving the lives of poor, low-income, and homeless individuals and families in Chicago. Whether it’s providing a safe environment for victims of domestic violence, giving people the tools and information they need to make better financial choices for their future, or simply being there for someone when they have no one else to turn to, these organizations truly are making a safe place to call home more attainable to those in need.
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Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer who covers food, drink, travel, and lifestyle. When she is not planning her next adventure, she can be found commuting between bakeries, yoga classes, live music shows, and libraries in her hometown of Chicago. She is most comfortable with a pen in one hand and a fork in the other. Nicole is also the founder of Doors Open Dishes, an initiative committed to keeping the doors open to the group homes and workshops of individuals with special needs by partnering with chefs and restaurants across the city. Follow her on Twitter (@Write_To_Eat) or on Instagram (@WriteToEat).