The Elysian

Amid a sea of skyscrapers on the corner of Walton and Rush streets, the 60-story Elysian hotel opened in December as the newest addition to Chicago’s chic Gold Coast neighborhood. A circular driveway leads to the black-and-white lobby (top and above right), where several of the hotel’s 65 contemporary artworks—including two face sculptures by Mexican artist Javier Marín—are on display. The lobby’s color palette alludes to fashion icon Coco Chanel, whose style and designs served as models for the Elysian’s 1920s- and 1930s-inspired architecture and interiors.

Ancient Greece was the inspiration behind the Elysian’s 14,000-square-foot spa and health club, which carries out this theme with a bathhouse-like pool area and 6-foot-tall tile mosaics of Greek statues.

The 188-room hotel is serving as a muse itself: Elysian Hotels plans to follow its Chicago flagship with similarly stylish properties in cities around the globe. The Elysian, 312.646.1300, www.elysianhotels.com

Photo by 2010 Hilton Worldwide
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