Pendry Hotels has opened its first property in Chicago, housed within the city’s Art Deco Carbide and Carbon Building on North Michigan Avenue.
The 1920s Art Deco building was designed by the Burnham Brothers, and in recent times has been home to the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, and then St Jane Chicago Hotel, which closed in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The property was bought by Montage International, owner of the Pendry brand, and has now reopened as the Pendry Chicago.
Facilities include 364 redesigned rooms and suites, signature modern French brasserie and café Venteux, Bar Pendry, The Billiards Gallery for pool and events, and the new Chateau Carbide summer rooftop bar.
There is also 13,000 square feet of events space including an Art Deco inspired ballroom, and a fitness centre with Peloton bikes.
The building is thought to have been designed to replicate a champagne bottle, using materials including black granite, green and gold terracotta with bronze trim, and “an ornate cap of 24-carat gold leaf”.
Pendry Hotels launched in 2017 with the opening of the Pendry San Diego, and has since added properties in Baltimore and West Hollywood.
Hotels are also set to open under the brand in Manhattan West and Park City later this year, followed by Washington DC in 2022 and La Quinta in 2023. Pendry is also redeveloping the Natirar Mansion (formerly owned by the King of Morocco), located around an hour from New York.
Commenting on the Chicago opening Michael Fuerstman, co-founder and creative director of Pendry Hotels and Resorts, said:
“Reimagining this landmark building was an opportunity and an honour we approached with excitement and care. We are pleased to bring contemporary art and design, creative spaces and new dining experiences to the city.”