• Sleep Under the Stars at The Gwen

     
    POSTED June 7, 2019
     
  • Sleep Under the Stars at The Gwen

     
    POSTED June 7, 2019
     
  • Sleep Under the Stars at The Gwen

     
    POSTED June 7, 2019
     

Already a go-to for striking views of the Chicago River and Magnificent Mile, The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is offering guests a whole new way to soak in the city this summer with a luxe urban glamping experience.

Now in full-swing, glamping season at The Gwen gives guests a chance to sleep under the stars on its 16th floor Gwen Lux Suite terrace from June through September.

Drawing inspiration from the recent trend in upscale camp offerings and festivals like Coachella, the city’s one and only glamping experience creates a private retreat on The Gwen’s 1,000-square-foot terrace (one of the largest private outdoor terraces in the city). The eclectic and expansive Lotus Belle tent—complete with lavish bohemian furnishings including drum side tables, hand-knotted macramé seat cushions and a braided Indian jute rug—along with thoughtful details like earthenware lamps and glided quatrefoil lanterns help guests feel right at home on their urban adventure.

Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds with access to a two-bedroom suite (accommodating up to six), as well as an outdoor gas-burning fire pit and amenities including access to the hotel’s Elite Ambassador Service, a welcome bite and a four-course glamping tasting menu from chef Matt Jergens, featuring seasonal dishes like King Salmon gravlax with smoked roe and crème fraiche or a whole grilled snapper for two. And, of course, no camping experience is complete without s’mores and glamping guests can indulge in the ultimate summer treat with The Gwen’s exotic turndown amenity featuring Mexican chocolate, house-made cayenne marshmallows and a gold leaf garnish.

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.