Chicago’s Public Space, Curioso design Bedderman Lodging’s first boutique hotel

Chicago-based Bedderman Lodging has opened The Wheelhouse Hotel. Located within a restored early 20th century Greystone building near Wrigley Field, The Wheelhouse Hotel is Bedderman Lodging’s first-ever upscale property.

In the development of The Wheelhouse Hotel, Bedderman Lodging owners Robert Baum and Mike Downing worked with the in-house design team and Chicago-based Public Space and Curioso.

The Wheelhouse Hotel's design blends old and new, with nods to Wrigleyville's baseball history felt throughout the property. For instance, there is a baseball bat art installation at the front entrance, dreamed up by Bedderman Lodging co-founder Robby Baum. It flows from one end of the lobby to the other, with multiple rows of additional baseball bats expelled from the side wall, all donated by Louisville Sluggers. The hotel also incorporated salvaged furniture and sports memorabilia throughout the property. An upcycled gas station sign is situated on the lobby level replacing the price of gas with the going price for tickets to the Cubs home game scheduled that day.

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In total, there are 21 guestrooms with six room types, including terrace penthouse suites, king rooms with a sofa lounge, rooms with bunk bed arrangements catering to large groups and families, and rooms with views of Clark Street and the Downtown skyline. The guestrooms at The Wheelhouse are painted in yellow, peach, orange and blue with rustic wood accent tables, gilded light fixtures and contemporary finishes. All rooms have a mini bar WiFi connectivity, 50” Samsung Smart TV and garment steamers.

The white and black tiled bathrooms have illuminated mirrors, walk-in showers with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, and marble vanities with wood elements incorporated into the set up.

For dining, the property has Union Full Board, which is already open. Meanwhile, Tinker to Evers is still in the works and will open its doors soon.

Photo credit: The Wheelhouse Hotel

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Inspired by the history of the property, the overall design maintains the originality of the existing building while adding new amenities.