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Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Chicago Completes Reno

Wednesday May 8th, 2013 - 9:30AM


The new interior of Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Chicago.

CHICAGO—Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Chicago has completed a multi-year renovation, including its lobby, meeting space and an updated bar at the adjacent restaurant, South Water Kitchen.

Susan Caruso of Intra-Spec Hospitality Design led the renovation. According to the company, the new design scheme features bold colors, playful textures and nods to the building’s history.

New elements of the lobby refresh include backlighted art at the front desk displaying vintage photographs of fashionable women in dramatic hats as a nod to the building’s origins as the D.B. Fisk & Co. hat factory.

With a color palette of royal blue, cherry and lemon, the space also features black-and-white photographs of Chicago architecture and a large, flat-panel television playing popular movies filmed in Chicago. An alligator-fabric front desk, lacquered finishes, exotic woods and comfortable seating complete the space.

The eight-seat bar table is equipped with built-in power outlets and high-back chairs. Power Packs are available at the front desk: 

Located on the third floor, the new meeting and event space is comprised of 4,100 sq. ft., including a 2,700-sq.-ft. ballroom. The pre-function area now features a focal table as well as new mahogany and ebony consoles, geometric mirrors and artful silver lamps. Within the rooms, carpeting features curvaceous medallions complemented by amber-hued walls. New window treatments in tones of silver, black and fawn also are featured.

Recent renovations also included South Water Kitchen, adjacent to Monaco Chicago. The new look of the Tavern section of the restaurant is inspired by the “working man’s” tavern of the 1920s. The design team of VOA Associates,Inc. used modest materials typical of this era to bring a feeling of honest simplicity to Chicago’s dining scene, according to the company. A new tin ceiling, white subway wall tile, a polished brass bar rail and stone-topped bar are all newly installed pieces. Linen chandeliers, copper mirrors and antique metals complete the look.