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10 things to know about Viceroy Chicago hotel, opening Friday

Viceroy Chicago is the first Midwest outpost of the modern-luxe hotel brand. The Los Angeles-based chain has 14 hotels in its portfolio. Three of the Chicago hotel’s suites have terraces to take in the sweeping city views. 

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Viceroy Chicago’s overnight rates start at $305. To celebrate the opening, the hotel is offering 25 percent off two-night stays between Sept. 1 and Dec. 9 as part of its StayCurious package. 

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The Viceroy retained the brick and terra-cotta facade of the original four-story building by architectural firm Rissman & Hirschfield. The 1920s structure served as the longtime home of the former Cedar Hotel, a single-room occupancy property at the intersection of State and Cedar streets.

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Natura Bisse and ROIL bath and salon products can be found in the hotel’s guestrooms, where people will also be treated to meditation tips to help them relax. Each week, the hotel will host a free meditation class called Chill Hour at 5:30 p.m. Sundays. It’s open to hotel guests and the public. Same goes for weekly CorePower yoga classes at 9 a.m. Saturdays.

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The lobby’s 30-foot-tall teal “poem wall,” pictured to the right of this rendering, is inscribed with quotes from French writer Marcel Proust. Proust’s prose will be illuminated at night. The hotel also will have 3,600 square feet of meeting and event space, which includes a 2,200-square-foot ballroom and adjoining terrace.

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Goettsch Partners designed the Viceroy’s 18-story glass hotel tower that rises from the old brick facade. The architecture firm says the “folding” geometry of the glass tower “is inspired by the argyle-like pattern found in the historic brick façade below,” creating “harmony through contrast, in which both the old and new are rich examples of their specific eras.” The tall tower boasts the only rooftop hotel pool in the Gold Coast.

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Chef Lee Wolen, executive chef of Lincoln Park’s Boka, will also helm the hotel’s Somerset restaurant, where he’s created a menu of “flavor-forward and approachable dishes, highlighting the best in seasonal, local ingredients,” according to press materials. The James Beard Award finalist also will be in charge of all things culinary at the hotel’s year-round lounge, Devereaux. 

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Somerset features a large, landscaped patio along State Street, perfect for watching the comings and goings in the always entertaining Viagra Triangle. The restaurant is slated to open in early September.

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In addition to outdoor seating, Somerset restaurant will occupy a two-level space inside. The original neon sign from the Cedar Hotel will hang on the restaurant’s second floor. A private dining room will be accessible through a secret door hidden behind a piece of art. 

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James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Meg Galus, shown here in a 2014 photograph, will create Somerset’s sweets, including specialty sundaes, parfaits and homemade chocolate bars. 

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