Hotel Burnham possesses an Old World style and grace that could put any modern-day skyscraper to shame. Designed by Daniel Burnham's firm and completed in 1895, the former Reliance Building is considered a predecessor to the skyscrapers of today with its glass-and-steel frame and terra cotta facade.
Kimpton Hotels renovated it in 1999, recasting it as a boutique hotel while restoring many original accents, such as the marble staircases, elevator grilles and window-framed doors reminiscent of any noir detective film.
Inside, guest rooms offer a soothing gold and navy blue color scheme, plush canopy beds and marble vanities in the bathroom.
In the morning, complimentary tea and coffee are available in the hotel's living room-style lobby, with cocktails offered in the early evening.
Once you're done, head over to Atwood Cafe for an updated take on comfort-food classics.
1 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Cross streets: State and Washington
Public transportation: CTA bus: 4-Cottage Grove, 20-Madison, 60-Randolph, 66-Chicago, 157-Streeterville; Red Line "L" stop: Washington
Parking: Yes, self and valet
Prices start at $144 excluding taxes.
Hotel amenities: Ballrooms (0), meeting rooms (1), restaurant and bars/lounges (1), 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center
Room amenities: Flat-screen television, work desk, minibar, in-room safe
Features: Room service, turndown service, pets allowed, Wi-Fi available (complimentary to rewards members, $10 a day otherwise), shopping nearbyCopyright © 2015, CT Now