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theWit Hotel – Chicago

August 2, 2009
theWit Hotel

theWit Hotel

Hotel Recommendation: theWit in downtown Chicago

A new hotel in the middle of downtown Chicago opened this spring called theWit on State Street near Lake. Although not boutique in size, I would venture to call this Doubletree hotel boutique in spirit and design. 298 chic guest rooms and suites and fully equipped with a spa and fitness center, a screening room, meeting rooms, 2 fantastic restaurants and a happening rooftop bar.

Chicago Magazines on display

Vintage Chicago Magazines on display in the lobby

Aside from a comfortable bed, a funky orange chaise lounge and great views of the city in my room, the real draws to this destination hotel are the restaurants managed by Concentrics Restaurants in Atlanta. State and Lake and cibo matto offer unique dining experiences and high-quality menu offerings that make eating in the hotel far from a last resort.

State and Lake is the main hotel restaurant serving three meals a day. Simple offerings with unique ingredient combinations and really good food. The atmosphere is upscale casual with friendly staff and a full bar. Check out the colorful collection of antique glass seltzer bottles all from Argentina. Warning, the Guiness Pancakes on the breakfast menu can easily feed two!

cibo matto is the fine dining option specializing in Italian cuisine. The decor is soothing and sophisticated with a chef native to Chicago who has returned to his hometown to embrace this new restaurant, Chef Todd Stein. The 30-foot fresco painting on the ceiling called “Crazy Feast” is a stand-out piece of art that adds to the ambiance without being too distracting, by Chicago native artist Todd Murphy. I ordered the ravioli filled with fresh ricotta and garden peas for a light late-night meal and the bombolone for dessert – lemon and ricotta doughnuts with coffee crema – wow. I was completely satisfied with the taste and presentation. Plus, some fantastic red wine.

ROOF is the indoor/outdoor lounge on the 27th floor of the hotel. It became the place to be as soon as it opened and apparently there are lines around the block to get in.2 full bars, small plates, great city views, live music and various seating areas plus, the VIP area called The Hangover. A private table that sits on a platform that hangs off of the side of the building, enclosed by 4 glass walls with nothing underneath but the street. Amazing views, but not for people who may have a fear of heights! I think this table definitely requires an advance reservation.

State and Lake

State and Lake

cibo matto

cibo matto and "Crazy Feast"



The Hangover at ROOF

The Hangover at ROOF

We attended the grand opening event while we were there where locals got to check out the new hotel and its available services. Over 500 RSVPs, food, live music, Screen demonstrations and a crowded space on the roof with near perfect weather to be spending a night out in Chicago. My recent Yigal dress purchase was perfect for the summer cocktail party; especially a big hit with some of the older gentleman in attendance, flattering?!

Although I had been to Chicago many times for work, I had never really spent time wandering around downtown. I loved the city, it’s architecture and inviting feel.  I can’t wait to go back and spend some more time. I really look forward to taking the Architecture River Cruise we heard so much about to soak in all the history of the city and to revisit the Intelligentsia coffee shop around the corner from the hotel. My absolute favorite brand of coffee – a must destination while in this area for any coffee craving. I will save my true coffee recommendation for another day.

If you are thinking of making a trip to Chicago, consider reading this book before you go. The Devil In The White City” by Eric Larson tells the story of

The Devil In The White City by Eric Larson

The Devil In The White City by Eric Larson

the construction of the 1893 World’s Fair with a mysterious murder mystery weaved in between the architectural phenomenon. A historical fiction novel with fascinating tales of products and people introduced to the world for the first time; for example, the Ferris Wheel, Thomas Edison and Buffalo Bill. This book will make you really appreciate all the sites you see in Chicago and make you wonder how those buildings were constructed in a time where technology was just coming alive. This is certainly one of my favorite reads.

theWit Hotel

201 N. State Street

Chicago, IL 60601


Reservations available for weddings and special events


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