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Virgin Hotel opens its doors in the Loop

The world's first Virgin Hotel opened its doors on January 15 in the Old Dearborn Bank building at 203 N. Wabash Ave. The 26-story Art Deco building, a Chicago landmark, includes 250 guest rooms, 40 one-bedroom suites and two penthouse suites.

Several of the building's original features remain intact and are showcased throughout, like a beautiful 1920s oak cigar bar that serves as the hotel's front desk, ornate brass elevator doors, and the original mail slot and chute serving all floors.

At the heart of the hotel is The Commons Club, a dynamic space where guests can dine, drink, work and mingle, as well as attend the nightly hosted Social Hour. The vibe is one of a private members club, without the fees, where guests and locals alike are welcome. The two-story space it occupies was the original bank floor with its beautiful coffered plaster ceiling.

The hotel will have four additional dining options, including Miss Ricky's, a 23-hour, All-American diner and a rooftop bar and lounge, all opening by April of this year.

(Photos: Virgin Hotels)

Location: Virgin Hotels Chicago


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