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The Kimpton Gray Hotel Opening in Chicago's Loop

August 23, 2016 -

Formerly the iconic New York Life Insurance Building, the property is located at 122 W. Monroe Street and has been fully revitalized into a space that celebrates a rich history and a decidedly tailored future.

The 293-room property is a curated space with precise and custom-made materials like playful bathroom art that reads “Relax, It's Just Garlic”, a clever reference to both the origin of Chicago's name and a reminder to brush your teeth; a blue accent color throughout the guestrooms found in the city's flag; as well asoriginal pieces of art made by Chicagoans. The modern, simplistic design sensibilities by interior design firm Beleco are juxtaposed by the fully restored Georgia Gray Marble and original 1900's architecture. The global architecture and design firm, Gensler captures an all-original, effortless elegance that beautifully plays off of the historical elements and accents.

The Gray also introduces its two distinct food and beverage venues within the property. Boleo is a South American inspired restaurant, bar, and rooftop encompassing 4,000 square feet of space on the hotel's 15th floor under a massive open-air, retractable glass roof open year-round. The lobby bar, Vol. 39 offers an extensive high-end wine and spirits program, along with a vintage trove of encyclopedias that were discovered inside the property during renovations, which inspired the name. In addition, Steadfast, the ultra-seasonal innovative restaurant brought to you by the Fifty/50 Group will occupy the ground floor, housing a wood-fire rotisserie, shaved ice crudo bar, and charcuterie room.

The Gray boasts nearly 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and offers all of Kimpton's signature amenities, including complimentary WIFI in all guest rooms and public spaces, complimentary bike rentals, overnight laundry and dry cleaning services, world-class concierge service, a yoga mat in every room, and pet-friendly options to those traveling with companions. Also available are children-friendly books, some of which are set in the Windy City. Guests of all ages may have these stories delivered to their room mid-day or as a nighttime treat.

Committed to a truly luxurious experience that is locally sourced, The Gray has partnered with several brands to develop unique programming and packages that introduce guests to the homegrown talents of Chicago. The Tie Bar, the go-to destination for men's accessories, hosts a “Tie Bar Mini Bar” in each guest room, providing accessory options including a tie, lapel pin, and/or a pocket square, for travelers who forgot to pack an item or are looking to add something new to their wardrobe. Additionally, starting in October, fitness brand Iron & Oar will offer specialized rowing classes that both guests and locals can enjoy on-property. The high intensity, low impact workout is one of the city's newest fitness obsessions. Local fitness powerhouse Nate Forse of Forse Lifestyle Coaching is also making a name for himself at The Gray. Instead of focusing on strictly the body, Forse Lifestyle Coaching trains the person as a whole encompassing mind, body, and spirit. Nate will offer classes on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings following Labor Day in the fitness room. Travelers won't lose sight of their fitness regimen while on the go, keeping their mind and bodies in the best shape possible. For those guests looking to unwind, Petrosino's Parlor is also open to guests, located on the 2nd floor of the hotel offering services from a quick polish change to a blissful massage.

In anticipation of the opening, Chicago-based Indirap Productions produced six social media videos highlighting local influencers, each capturing a different area of the hotel. All-Star Shortstop, Addison Russell, along with Chicago's own Joffrey Ballet were both part of the exciting project.

The Gray joins the four existing Kimpton properties in Chicago, making it the 8thproperty in the Midwest counting hotels in Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee. For more information on the property and to reserve a room, visit: www.grayhotelchicago.com.


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