21c Chicago — a revitalized hotel with a jolt of contemporary culture

Chicago, IL
230,200 square feet
Type: Hotels
Theme: Asserting Place

Located on Rush Street, once the home of vaudeville houses and gangsters, 21c Museum Hotel brings a jolt of contemporary culture to River North while providing a serene refuge for guests.

Visitors enter a new double height lobby with a signature staircase leading up to the meeting and conference spaces above. A sculptural sofa beckons guests and visitors to relax in this 24-hour accessible public space. Contemporary art is integrated throughout the public areas, in keeping with 21c’s perspective that culture and hospitality enhance each other and contribute to the vitality of urban areas. Floor to ceiling window walls create a strong connection to the street and present opportunities for directly engaging passersby with contemporary art experiences.

Guest hallways have darker hues, emphasizing this more private section of the hotel for guests. Inside the guest rooms are bright and airy, with calm colors that draw on the vast Chicago sky and nearby Lake Michigan. The bed is backed by a leather and velvet covered headboard that extends the full height of the wall, softening sound within the room. Warm-hued lighting highlights an unexpected element of color in the bathroom entry and the closet enclosure.

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Key People

Terrence Schroeder
Project Lead

Stephen Brockman

Yasemin Tarhan
Project Manager

Gunnar Burke
Project Manager

Virginia Gray


Design Architect, Interior Designer

GREC Architects
Architect of Record

SPEngineers, Ltd.
Structural Engineer

IMEG Corp.
MEP/FP Engineer

Illuminationworks, Ltd.
Lighting Design

Babich Acoustics
Acoustical Engineer

MFI Enterprises
Food Service

Bulley & Andrews
General Contractor

Julie Soefer