Located at the intersection of Cedar and State streets in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, the historic Cedar Hotel takes on a new identity as the first Viceroy property in Chicago. The four-story brick-and-terra-cotta façade of the original Cedar Hotel is preserved and given fresh life, fronting a new 18-story hotel tower. Visitors enter an open, three-story lobby space with an adjacent restaurant and lounge. Additional amenities include a ballroom and conference suite on Level 4, with access to a large outdoor roof terrace overlooking State Street. The rooftop lounge, with an outdoor pool and landscaped terrace, offers views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.
A unique identity for the Viceroy emerges through the contrasting façades of the new tower and the historic building. The brick and terra cotta of the 1920s-era Cedar Hotel exemplifies the vintage character of a building façade as a two-dimensional arrangement of building elements and ornamentation. By contrast, the glass curtain wall of the new hotel tower is a taut, three-dimensional envelope. The distinctive “folding” geometry is inspired by the argyle-like pattern found in the historic brick façade below. The design solution creates “harmony through contrast” in which both the old and new are rich examples of their specific eras.
With 180 guestrooms and suites, the Viceroy Chicago is a reborn property at a high-profile intersection in one of Chicago’s most vibrant and rapidly changing neighborhoods. In combination with the hotel’s other amenities, the existing plaza will be reactivated with outdoor dining that further complements the one-of-a kind guest experience.