Citizen M Opens Downtown Chicago Property – Business Traveler

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

The 280-room Citizen M Chicago Downtown is located inside a newly constructed 47-story 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 furniture by Vitra.

Chicago native Nina Chanel Abney, known for her large-scale paintings, prints, and murals with layered compositions, was commissioned to create a city-inspired façade mural for the 2,000-square-foot terrace and entry walls. The artwork is inspired by the “dynamics of the contemporary media landscape and addresses issues of race, gender, and politics.”

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

Facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, a lounge with books, art, and designated work areas, a shop, the Canteen M open-plan dining room with 24-hour grab-and-go items, an outdoor patio terrace, and three Society M meeting rooms that are available to guests and locals for half-day and full-day rentals (with unlimited coffee included).

All rooms include a wall-to-wall XL king-size bed, a widescreen HDTV with streaming capabilities, high-speed Wi-Fi, and an iPad to control features like shades, weather, TV, and lighting. These features can also be controlled via the Citizen M app. Bathrooms include a rain shower with full-size amenities.

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

Robin Chadha, Marketing Director, commented:

“As one of the largest markets in the US, it was essential for Citizen M to have a presence in Chicago. The property will add a significant new tower and a splash of color to the world-famous Magnificent Mile, while interiors have been curated with a selection of native Chicago artwork to give the hotel an atmosphere that embodies the city.”

The brand launched in 2008 and now has 27 hotels in its portfolio, including in US cities like Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC.

By 2024, the brand expects to reach 40 operating 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 Citizen M London Victoria Station review.

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