Building buffs and history fetishists alike will bask in the old-world glory of this landmark hotel, which sits in the innovative steel-and-glass Reliance Building. Built by visionary architect Daniel Burnham in 1885, the structure dropped jaws worldwide, launched a new era for building design and turned all eyes toward Chicago's growing skyline.
This predecessor to the modern skyscraper is now on the registry of historic hotels, and guests will find the luxury-caliber service on par with Euro-style hotels of yore. Situated near Millennium Park, the Hotel Burnham provides a prime roost for any tourist hoping to experience the city from its heart. The rooms are on the small side but are furnished with plush drapes, vintage mirrors and velvet linens. The effect is polished and charming, without any air of stuffiness. Despite the antiquated flavor of the decor, this boutique hotel also features modern amenities like wireless internet.
The soaring ceilings and gargantuan windows of the hotel's Atwood Cafe sufficiently humble any diner. With an impressive haute-American menu that includes entrees like pan-seared duck and porcini-dusted scallops, many Hotel Burnham guests never get around to trying another Chicago restaurant. The brunch and dessert menus are particularly mouth-watering, and the prices will keep you in omelets and souffles for the duration of your stay.
Centerstage Reviewer: K. Tighe