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I can’t even count the number of times I walked by this place. I knew it was a city landmark and from time to time, I looked inside to admire the architectural details in the lobby and its restaurant Atwood on the first floor. One of the most highlighted facts about this property is not the fact that it was one of the first buildings to offer electricity and a phone on every floor, but all of the stories around Al Capone’s dentist, “Dr. Frank,” in room 809—think teeth cleaning and some other illicit things happening.  

Check in was fast and easy. When we arrived we had some great tasting cupcakes and fruit infused water in the lobby. The journey from the elevator lobby to my room was the perfect balance of a late 1920’s Chicago and modern amenities. The interior facade by the elevators was covered with ornate metal frames. Most floors still have the original heavy wooden doors with Florentine glass panels that once were used as office space for merchants when the building was erected. Forget keycards as the door hardware is still in place—and a real key opens the door to your room. Another detail not to miss is the door mail slot and floor mosaics by the staircase.

The rooms, modern furniture is simple yet elegant as a continuation of what the hotel history highlights. My bed was the best, I had a perfect view of the Chicago Theater lit up at night and a glimpse of Millennium Park to my right. The Alise Chicago takes your bedding to the next level with a “Naked Experience” by adding super fuzzy slippers, comfy robes, and Individual duvets—so no fighting at night on who gets it.

It is almost the ideal location for a stay in the city. Everything was within walking distance including shopping, nightlife, Broadway shows, dining and Millennium Park. So “staypineapple” during your next stop in Chicago.

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Henrique Kerch

I’m a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light.

Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.