Who: Silversmith Hotel

What: A high-end hotel set within a historic building in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood

Where: In the Jewelers Row District at 10 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Stars: 4.6

Why: What a beautiful place to act as home base while visiting Chicago. The historic building that was originally constructed to house jewelers and silver craftsmen was opened in 1897. It was inducted into the national list of historic buildings in 1997 and today acts as a luxury hotel in the heart of Chicago’s famous Loop neighborhood. 

The Silversmith is part of the luxury hotels and resorts collection which is managed by Remington Hotels. There are 143 rooms with 12ft vaulted ceilings as well as a restaurant, hand-crafted cocktail bar, fitness center, and private meeting spaces.

Part of the attraction to this hotel was its proximity to many of Chicago’s famous attractions. We were in town for Lollapalooza, spending 5 nights at The Silversmith. Before booking, I did my research and saw that the hotel was less than a mile to Grant Park, the main park which holds the summer festival. But I didn’t know how perfect it truly was until we were there. We were a couple of blocks away from Cloud Gate, Chicago Art Institute, and even Willis Tower was a quick 15 min walk away. Everything Chicago was at our fingertips!

Upon arrival we were just awestruck at the beauty, it’s not overly done up, but it’s special. And the way they make you feel at the Silversmith is special. There’s doormen who hold the doors for you, front desk staff who wished you a happy day on your way out, and a good night on your way in. The housekeepers who made sure we had fresh towels and spotless rooms, and the kitchen staff who delivered us freshly baked cookies when we ordered room service after a long day at the festival.

The room was more than comfortable. The bathroom was big with a full walk in shower and a big mirror lined with bright bulk lights, which is important as a female when wanting to get ready to go out. We had a queen size bed and it was not too stiff and not too soft, the pillows were perfect, and I had no trouble passing out at night. It was a great size room that worked well for two people.

The street that the hotel sits on has quite a bit of restaurants nearby. A favorite of our trip was Goddess and the Baker which is right across the street and serves yummy breakfast, sandwiches, coffee and alcohol. Next to that was Peachy Green, a smoothie and juice bar to cure our hangovers. We really enjoyed checking out Italian fast casual restaurant Vapiano which hit the spot with some fresh spaghetti and pizza. And lucky us, British Nando’s was right next door, so we had some Peri-Peri chicken one night.

Because the hotel is so centrally located, if it’s not walkable, you can catch an Uber or a Lyft and get around the city pretty quickly and for reasonable $5-10 fares depending. We had no problems hopping around town, walking to Grant Park, and exploring Chicago from The Silversmith. 10 out of 10 for me as far as service, quality and proximity!

I hope when you visit Chicago you will give the Silversmith a consideration. It has so much to see and do around the hotel that no matter what you’re in town for you’ll find a retreat at The Silversmith. And when you go, don’t forget to tell them Dine With Shayda sent you!

 

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