Back in 2016, architect and Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang began working with developer Magellan Development Group on a landmark project in Chicago’s downtown area. Situated on the bank where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan, the 101-story skyscraper—which houses the just-opened St. Regis Chicago—boasts the distinction of being Chicago’s third-tallest building and the tallest building in the world designed by a woman.
For the structure’s rippling-style façade, Studio Gang drew inspiration from the crystalline structures of gemstones, which is also redolent of Constantin Brâncuși’s Endless Column sculpture. Inside the hotel, KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group took cues from Chicago’s history to envision the public spaces (as well as the Presidential Suite). Tones of copper and rust nod to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, while angular lines and geometric shapes pay homage to the city’s visionary urban architecture by Daniel Burnham. The firm also designed the 12,000-square-foot St. Regis Spa overlooking Navy Pier and Lake Michigan.
Gensler was tasked with designing the 159 guestrooms and 33 suites spread across 11 floors, employing materials like stone and wood to emphasize a connection to nature.
The property also boasts two dining concepts from Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants. Miru, a Japanese eatery designed by Rockwell Group, is located on the 11th floor and Tuscan steakhouse Tre Dita is set to open this fall with interiors by David Collins Studio.
Adjacent to the hotel, the Residences at the St. Regis Chicago will offer 393 condominiums and a dedicated floor of amenities exclusive to residents.
“The debut of the St. Regis Chicago signals a significant milestone for the St. Regis brand as we grow our footprint in the United States and celebrate our first property in the American Midwest,” says George Fleck, vice president and global brand leader at St. Regis Hotels & Resorts.