Dutch hotel brand Citizen M has opened a new property in downtown Chicago.

The 280-room Citizen M Chicago Downtown is located within a newly constructed 47-storey tower at 300 N Michigan Avenue, between the Riverwalk and Millennium Park.

The property was designed by Chicago’s Bkl, in collaboration with architecture partner Concrete, and includes contemporary art and furnishings from Vitra.

Chicago native Nina Chanel Abney, known for her paintings, prints and large-scale murals with layered compositions, was commissioned to create a city-inspired façade mural for the 186 sqm terrace and entrance walls. The artwork is inspired by the “dynamics of of the contemporary media landscape and addresses topics of race, gender and politics”.

Meanwhile, Dutch artist Daniel Straalen Van has designed a neon piece Ding Dong Your Opinion is Wrong for the bar area, and works by Muntean/Rosenblum, Yngve Holen and Joel Mesler are also on show throughout the public spaces.

Facilities include a 24-hour gym, a living room with books, art and designated working areas, a shop, the open-plan Canteen M dining area with 24-hour grab-and-go items, a terrace with an outdoor patio,  and three Society M meeting rooms which are available to guests and locals for half- and full-day hires (with unlimited coffee included).

All rooms include an XL king-size wall-to-wall bed, an HD widescreen TV with streaming capabilities, high-speed wifi and an iPad to control features such as the blinds, climate, TV and lighting. These features can also be controlled via the Citizen M app. Bathrooms include a rain shower with full-sized amenities.

Citizen M has partnered with Art Lifting for this property, a platform which supports artists that have been underrepresented in the contemporary art market, to curate a number of pieces for the in-room art. Rooms include artworks by artists Alex Scott, Kenneth Williams, Sheila Smith and Ted Gram-Boarini.

Robin Chadha, chief marketing officer, commented:

“As one of the most important markets in the US, it was critical for Citizen M to have a presence in Chicago. The property will add a significant new tower and a pop of colour to the world-famous Magnificent Mile, while the interiors were curated with a selection of artwork by Chicago natives to give the hotel an atmosphere that embodies the city.”

The brand launched in 2008, and now counts 29 hotels in its portfolio, including in US cities such as Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC.

By 2024, the brand hopes to reach 40 operational properties globally, with hotels currently under development in Miami and Austin, bringing the total to 30 locations by the end of the year.

See our recent review of Citizen M London Victoria Station.