FIRST IMAGES: Ace Hotel Chicago

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Having conquered the NYC – LA – London triumvirate, it seemed kind of inevitable that the Ace Hotel brand would go on to plant its flag in the Windy City. But rather than landing in the more obvious hipster playland of Wicker Park / Bucktown, the new Ace Hotel Chicago will open in a more central location near Fulton Market.

Still and all, this will put the hotel just a couple of blocks from the perpetually trendy W. Randolph Street dining corridor. To that end, they have enlisted Jason Vincent (Thrillist‘s 2016 Chef of the Year), who racked up the accolades with the opening last year of his by now exalted Logan Square restaurant Giant. There will also be a rooftop bar and Chicago’s first Stumptown Coffee on site.

Interiors are by LA design studio Commune, with detailing meant to evoke Chicago architectural icon Mies van der Rohe. And as with other Ace Hotels, there will be assorted public event spaces, which will act as social hubs and incubators for music, art, tech, film and the like. Expect the hotel to be a particular galvanizing force for the local creative types.

Reservations are already being taken for an official September 1 opening – and since we love autumn in Chicago, expect to find us there. But those without the patience can book a “preview” stay, as early as July 1 – which comes with the best amenity of all: the right to stay you stayed there before everyone else. (And 10% of the reservation cost goes to support Ace community partners Little Black Pearl, Young Chicago Authors and 826CHI