Lake Michigan inspires renovation of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago

Several months after completing the renovation of its 191 guestrooms and 22 suites, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago has completed the full renovation of its lobby, overseen by the Gettys Group.

The redesign was inspired by Lake Michigan and the development along the Chicago Riverwalk, visible from the hotel’s window seats. 

The lobby and hub of the downtown hotel at 225 N. Wabash Ave. marked the final phase of the renovation. The living room-style space is framed by a front desk with a pressed glass covering, reminiscent of the Chicago River frozen in winter. The lobby has various seating areas, numerous outlets, Wi-Fi connectivity, morning coffee and tea service, and a library cart curated by the Newberry Library. The lobby also has a custom-built wine table, the focal point for night events.


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The century-old building was the former headquarters of the D.B. Fisk & Co. hat company. References to that history remain throughout the hotel and at Fisk & Co., which opened last year on the ground floor. Vintage-inspired hats from the millinery 10th Street Hats are available for purchase in the lobby and suites. Fashion students at nearby Columbia College designed hats and accessories that are displayed in the lobby and worn by hotel staff.

Photo credit: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago