Checking In | citizenM Chicago Downtown

Functional and funky, this hotel is one for the tech-savvy 

Like all citizenM hotels, the first thing you notice as you step inside the Chicago Downtown property is the design – even in this one where you have to pass through a small entrance hall to get an elevator to the lobby and public areas on the fourth floor. 

There’s bold furniture, neon signs, cool sculptures, and modern art throughout the lobby (which also has lots of books to browse and iMacs available for use), the living room and the canteenM bar (where food and drink is available 24/7). Subscribing to the more is more philosophy, not an inch of available space is left unadorned; there are even video installations playing in the lifts. And to make sure you don’t pass by any interesting pieces, there’s an art guide to the hotel on the in-room iPads. 

The 280 bedrooms are compact but they don’t feel cramped, which is testament to the hotel’s clever design. The king-size bed is set right up against the window and there’s storage underneath it, the flat-screen TV is wall mounted, there’s a cubby hole for hanging clothes, a mini fridge is built in under the vanity unit (which is also home to own-brand citizenM AM/PM products, and there’s even room for a slim desk and chair. 

You can control all the tech in the room from an iPad, meaning you don’t have to get up to change the TV channels, cast to the screen from your own devices, adjust the air con temperature or lower the blackout blinds. There’s even the option to change the colour of the lights in the shower, so you can cycle through the rainbow if you’re feeling extra jazzy. 

The tech, like the self check-in and check-out computers in the lobby and the iPad controls in the room, makes staying at the citizenM such an easy and seamless experience. As much as you don’t need to engage with anyone to get in and out of your room, the common spaces give the hotel a real joyful, sociable feeling, making it much more than just somewhere to sleep. 

80 E Wacker Pl, Chicago, IL 60601, United States