Thompson Chicago: A Soon-to-Be Meetings Hip Spot

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Thompson Chicago Suite
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Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood welcomes a touch of sophistication this October with the opening of Thompson Chicago in the old Sutton Place Hotel. The first phase of the hotel opening takes place on Oct. 1 as additional phases roll out through the end of the year. The Thompson brand, known for its contemporary décor and trendy event space offerings—think The Spare Room’s vintage bowling lanes at the Hollywood Roosevelt—leaves its mark on this 247-room hotel as well.

British designer Tara Bernerd, who also created interiors for Thompson’s Belgraves hotel in London, uses distinctive textures such as animal-skin rugs, leathery headboards and wooden end tables matched by bold, colorful artwork throughout the guest rooms as well as in the public spaces and onsite NICO restaurant.

One Off Hospitality Group, a restaurant group behind Chicago hot spots Blackbird, The Publican and Big Star, will open NICO at the hotel in December. The Italian restaurant will use fresh pastas made daily and seasonal seafood to craft inventive dishes based on traditional cuisine from Italy’s Puglia region.

Foodies will be most happy to know that the restaurant’s executive chef is Paul Kahan, who won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef in May. The 2-story restaurant has the capacity to serve 125 in its dining room, and will provide room service to the hotel and food service for events. Three private dining rooms will be available to groups, as well as the second-level lounge and lobby-level Salon featuring a living green wall.

“Thompson Chicago is working on creating some of the most exceptional food and beverage offerings in the city of Chicago,” says Todd Piety, director of sales/marketing. “Some of the experiences we’re developing include but are not limited to: in-house bottles, Italian sodas, spa breaks to include chair massages, our version of food trucks and more.”

In addition to the private dining rooms, the property’s 12,225 sf of function space, reception area and six 2-level penthouses are available for events. The 655-sf penthouse suites create an intimate space for smaller groups and offer expansive views of the city or Lake Michigan below.

Located just two blocks from Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile, the hotel provides meeting attendees with easy access to some of the Windy City’s best attractions. The Oak Street Beach, a mere one block from the hotel, serves as an entrance to the 20-mile long lakefront path aligned with several bike and in-line skate rental locations.

Two miles north, the Lincoln Park Boathouse rents equipment for canoeing, kayaking and rowing during the summer months. Meeting attendees won’t want to miss shopping on the Magnificent Mile or grabbing a tasty treat at local favorite Portillo’s Hot Dogs, less than a mile away.

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