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The ninth 21c Museum Hotel – MGallery Hotel Collection will open in downtown Chicago this February. The 297-room boutique hotel combined with a multi-venue art museum will build on the mission of 21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson: to bring contemporary art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programming that integrates art into daily life.

The design team, led by New York-based Design Architect Deborah Berke Partners and GREC Architects of Chicago, sought to create a destination for contemporary culture and a refuge for guests. Capitalizing on the building’s open, natural light-filled spaces, guests enter the hotel into a new double-height lobby, featuring a signature staircase leading to exhibition and event spaces above. Originally the Croydon Hotel, a gathering spot for vaudeville actors and other colorful characters, and later The James Hotel, Deborah Berke Partners spent several months reimagining the hotel as a 21c property. This is Berke’s ninth project with 21c since designing the brand’s first property, which opened in Louisville in 2006.

Guestrooms are bright and airy, with a color palette inspired by the sky and nearby Lake Michigan. Beds are accented by leather and velvet covered headboards, which extend across the full height of the wall. Rooms feature original artwork.

21c Chicago’s more than 10,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space will feature rotating solo and group exhibitions, site-specific installations and a full roster of cultural programming curated by museum director and chief curator Alice Gray Stites. The hotel will present a new exhibition called This We Believe, which explores the power and evolution of belief systems.

The property will also feature a full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center and 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Photo: Mike Schwartz, courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels

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