Oxford Capital Group’s wholly owned management affiliate Oxford Hotels & Resorts and Curio – A Collection by Hilton™ announce the opening of LondonHouse Chicago at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Originally opened as the London Guarantee Building in 1923, LondonHouse Chicago pays tribute to its past while also incorporating visually striking modern elements. The luxury lifestyle hotel brings 452 rooms and suites, as well as tech-forward amenities catering to leisure and business travelers alike.
Inspired by the London Guarantee & Accident Building, the nearly 100-year old structure in which the hotel is located, LondonHouse Chicago uses its design to memorialize the era in which the 23-floor tower was originally built. Oxford also worked closely with architecture firm Goettsch Partners to develop a new 22-story modernist glass tower designed to synchronize seamlessly with the 360 North Michigan Avenues building’s timeless Art Deco architecture. Simeone Deary Design Group, the hotel’s interior design firm, also incorporated its jazz themes subtly with stylish interior architectural materials blending classic and modern designs. Some materials and furniture were secured by the Getty’s Group procurement division.London House’s elegant design aesthetic is further elevated through a custom art collection and unique prints curated by Indiewalls to visualize the property’s glamour while telling a story of opulence, intrigue, and history.
LondonHouse Chicago features LH, the highly anticipated tri-level rooftop, a lobby bar, a full-service destination spa offering customizable treatments, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary internet access via Wi-Fi; two floors of upscale retail, The Shops at LondonHouse. The guestrooms are equipped with 55-inch high-def televisions using SoniCast, an innovative media streaming program powered by Google Chromecast and designed to cast a guest’s favorite movies, TV shows, music, photos and more from an iOS or Android mobile device.
The guest rooms and suites will also be equipped with Bluetooth-friendly Tivoli clock radios, mini refrigerators, luxury linen bedding and towels and signature Frette LondonHouse robes. Other amenities for today’s savvy traveler include convenient task desks and marble-clad bathrooms with high-end Malin + Goetz products.
For an especially opulent experience, LondonHouse introduces The Presidential Suite, designed with a living area, private dining space, a double-sided fireplace, a separate butler’s kitchen, and expansive views of the Chicago River and skyline. Also available is LH Cupola, an intimate and open-air exclusive space available for private events and engagements.
Led by Executive Chef and Beverage Director Riley Huddleston, the hotel’s culinary program pays homage to the building’s history via re-imagined American cuisine and chef-crafted cocktails. The featured dining establishments are Bridges Lobby Bar and LH, Chicago’s first tri-level rooftop venue located on floors 21 – 23. Huddleston’s innovative culinary style blends classic French training with modern cooking techniques. He draws on his eclectic mix of experiences to build creative menus that focus on the best produce and ingredients available from around the world.
In LH, Huddleston brings diners to new heights with gourmet fare, retro chef-crafted cocktails on tap and stunning vistas of downtown Chicago, complemented by magnificent views of the Chicago River. For guests who need to unwind any day of the week, LH also offers shared plates alongside a full bar with hand-crafted specialty cocktails and a variety of domestic wines.
Meanwhile, the stylish but casual Bridges Lobby Bar on the 2nd floor boasts broad views of the Chicago River and its bridges, as well as areas outfitted with plush, jewel-toned furniture and an antique mirror behind the bar to reflect the subtle curves of the river. Open for light breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu features artisan pastries, sandwiches and shareable bites, organic juices, local micro-roast coffee and chef-driven cocktails.