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The St. Regis Chicago Debuts

The St. Regis Chicago debuts in the Midwest, bringing to the Windy City the iconic brand’s glamorous spirit and celebrated rituals

By Todd R. Berger

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The St. Regis Chicago debuts in a distinctive, 101-story tower—the third tallest building in the city CREDIT The St. Regis Chicago

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announced the highly anticipated opening of The St. Regis Chicago on May 18. Developed by Magellan Development Group and designed by Studio Gang, the world-renowned architecture and urban design practice led by Jeanne Gang, the 101-story tower is the tallest building in the world designed by a female architect, offering guests and local luminaries a new viewpoint on sophisticated dining, bespoke service, and avant-garde design in the heart of downtown Chicago.

“The debut of The St. Regis Chicago signals a significant milestone for the St. Regis brand as we grow our footprint in the United States and celebrate our first property in the American Midwest,” says George Fleck, vice president and global brand leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “We are proud to open our doors in Chicago, an energetic and dynamic city that, like the St. Regis brand, is known for its rich history and pioneering design. Through The St. Regis Chicago we will debut a new icon within the city, sharing with our guests and local luminaries an architectural masterpiece that also represents the pinnacle of luxury hospitality today.”

Located in the idyllic Lakeshore East neighborhood, The St. Regis Chicago offers easy access to the Chicago River and is a short walk from the city’s leading luxury retailers, dining destinations, and notable cultural landmarks such as Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the famed Magnificent Mile. Making its own mark on the city’s cultural landscape, The St. Regis Chicago features a unique and distinctive design composed of an interconnected series of stacked, frustum shapes that move rhythmically in and out of plane and extend to various heights. The tower’s crystalline form was inspired by nature with its facets of a shimmering gem and its gradient of green-blue glass that reflects the colors of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group led the design of the interiors for multiple public-facing areas of the hotel, along with the Presidential Suite and The St. Regis Spa, drawing inspiration from Chicago’s rich architectural history. Throughout the hotel’s public areas, spa, and Presidential Suite, metallic materials and colors, such as copper and rust, are interwoven with geometric, angular lines, offering a nod to The Great Chicago Fire and the city’s geographic interconnectivity of waterways, buildings, and green spaces.

The St. Regis Chicago features 159 luxurious guest rooms and 33 exquisite suites across 11 floors. Meticulously conceived by Gensler, the guest rooms offer a place of respite and rejuvenation. A thoughtfully curated palette of natural stone and wood finishes create a connection to nature, juxtaposing its minimalistic beauty with a one-of-kind urban backdrop of skyline views. All guests of the hotel will also enjoy the signature St. Regis Butler Service, a hallmark of the brand for more than a century, which presents personalized offerings like garment pressing and packing services, ensuring that each guest’s preferences are understood and anticipated at every turn.

Chicago-based restaurant group, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants will debut two dining experiences at The St. Regis Chicago for guests and locals alike to enjoy. At Miru, an all-day dining venue on the 11th floor, the menu, from Chef Hisanobu Osaka, highlights Japanese small plates, sushi, and sashimi complemented by a selection of steak and seafood. An extensive wine and sake program pairs perfectly with the menu while the desserts and pastries are led by Pastry Chef Juan Gutierrez, winner of Netflix’s School of Chocolate. Designed by globally renowned architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, Miru, which means “view” in Japanese, celebrates its address and location at the convergence of two bodies of water. Oriented toward the lakeside in its approach, the restaurant’s design is grounded in Chicago Modernism and is residentially minded in scale. The venue offers a variety of indoor and outdoor seating, in addition to private and semiprivate dining spaces, and features two stunning terraces offering spectacular views of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, and the Chicago River. The Coffee Bar on Eleven is also open daily, serving a selection of grab-and-go breakfast items and handmade pastries, among other delights. Slated to debut this fall, the Tuscan steakhouse, Tre Dita, from award-winning Chef Evan Funke, will feature fresh, handmade pasta, and classic Italian steaks like bistecca Fiorentina cooked at an open-hearth, wood-fired grill. The restaurant, Chef Funke’s first outside of Los Angeles, will be designed by David Collins Studio.

Throughout the food and beverage spaces–including The Drawing Room and Library lounges–guests will experience three signature St. Regis brand rituals, including Afternoon Tea, evening Champagne Sabrage, and the hotel’s unique Chicago-inspired twist on the brand’s signature libation, the Bloody Mary. Created by Beverage Director Diane Corcoran, The 1871 is served in a smoking glass, paying tribute to one of the most impactful events in the city’s history, The Great Chicago Fire, and features a local rye whiskey from Few Spirits and a rim of smoked salt.

The St. Regis Spa, commands 12,000 square feet of the expansive Wellness Floor, evoking an urban oasis of calming sensory experiences. Guests can sip the finest champagne at the Celebration Bar, then transcend and connect in the Iridium Lounge, all before indulging in a rejuvenating spa treatment. The featured St. Regis Spa Suite offers a bespoke gathering space for VIPs, couples, families, and friends to enjoy treatment time together. Overlooking the Chicago River with sprawling views of Navy Pier & Lake Michigan, The St. Regis Chicago’s fully attended fitness center features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, an outdoor sundeck, a yoga studio, and two private fitness rooms. A palatial, heated indoor pool offers stunning views of the city and Lake Michigan.

With more than 1,000 square-feet of premier event spaces, the hotel makes the perfect venue for cherished celebrations, gatherings, and meetings. The coveted 4,721 square-foot Astor Ballroom can host receptions for up to 500 guests, and the third-floor Executive Function Spaces will house four executive meeting rooms plus prefunction space over 3,000 square feet. “We are excited to offer guests exquisite experiences that complement the city’s rich history all within the walls of the skyline-defining St. Regis,” adds Oliver Gibbons, general manager of The St. Regis Chicago. “We look forward to bringing the brand’s celebrated traditions and rituals to life and to continuing the brand’s commitment to excellence across all sectors in hospitality.”