Having created the monster that is boutique hotel culture, Ian Schrager has now revived Chicago’s storied Ambassador East hotel in a decisively anti-glamour manner. The debut of his new Public Chicago actually seems to take a cue from the Ace, with an atmosphere that encourages hanging about more than posing.
Flash nightlife is eschewed in favor of spaces with cosseting names like the Living Room and the Library, the latter of which will serve of Stumptown coffee by day and cocktails by night. Interiors by design superstars Yabu Pushelberg are based on, as Schrager himself puts it, a “no color” palette, intended more to sooth than dazzle. The one concession to the swish life is Jean Georges’ revamp of the legendary Pump Room restaurant.