ISSUE 72  |  The Gold Coast

Hotels & Lodging: Public Hotel in Chicago

November 10, 2011 8:30 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

Studio 54 co-founder, legendary hotelier, and design devotee Ian Schrager recently opened Public Chicago, the first of several planned projects under the name Public. Schrager describes his new venture as a “paradigm shift”; with a focus on value without sacrificing style. Anda Andrei, Schrager’s longtime in-house architect, orchestrated the interiors; the public spaces feature an edgy glamour, while the guest rooms are a study in neutrals. For more information, go to Public Chicago.

Above: For the Public, Schrager transformed the Gold Coast’s famed Ambassador East Hotel, built in 1926.

Above: The grand lobby features lofty ceilings and ornate moldings.

Above: DImly lit and glamorous; the lobby features Mongolian lambswool-covered oak lounge chairs.

Above: The storied Pump Room Bar was a magnet for the beau monde in the hotel’s heyday.

Above: The lighting installation in the Pump Room by Milan’s Dilmore Studio features 500 individually cast resin globes of different sizes and finishes.

Above: The lobby bar features vibrant yellow backlit shelving.

Above: Rooms are simple and spare, in keeping with Schrager’s minimalist aesthetic.

Above: A simple, pristine bath.

Above: Sheepskin-draped desk chairs add warmth to the otherwise pared-down guestrooms.