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A look inside the new Hotel Julian on Michigan Avenue

The Hotel Julian as seen from Michigan Avenue on Oct. 11, 2018 in Chicago. 

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A mural of noted Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall is prominently positioned on the ground floor of the Hotel Julian, which now occupies the former home of the Atlantic Bank Building, designed by Marshall in the early 20th century.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows are on the Michigan Avenue side of guest rooms on the top five stories of the Hote Julian, where a modern, five-story addition caps the historic building.

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The terra cotta facade on the bottom and glass addition on the top of Hotel Julian as seen from Michigan Avenue on Oct. 11, 2018 in Chicago. 

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The west-facing exterior of the Hotel Julian shows the lighter bottom and dark top on Sept. 24, 2018.

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Veronica Cervantes cleans a stairwell papered with portraits in the Hotel Julian on Oct. 11, 2018 in Chicago. 

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Row after row of black-and-white portraits — each with the person’s eyes crossed out in colorful paint — line a stairwell inside Hotel Julian. “We’re all about people here at the hotel,” said Daniel Grajdura, sales and marketing director.

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A spartan desk and 55-inch flat-screen TV line a guest room wall at the Hotel Julian.

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Every guest room comes with an espresso machine at the Hotel Julian.

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Hotel Julian’s 30-seat restaurant, About Last Knife, features folding glass doors that open to the sidewalk.

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The bathroom is tucked behind a barn door, one of the design elements used to save space in the snug guest rooms at the Hotel Julian.

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The view of Millennium Park as seen from room 1414 in the Hotel Julian on Oct. 11, 2018 in Chicago.

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A blue velvet lounge chair in room 1414 at the Hotel Julian on Oct. 11, 2018 in Chicago.

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A mural — it’s not vintage, but created for the new space — is painted on original brick that’s more than a century old. To the left of it is another piece of art: a circular wooden board with knives protruding from it — a nod to the hotel’s steak-focused restaurant, About Last Knife.

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All of the Hotel Julian’s 218 rooms have showers, not tubs.

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At the Hotel Julian, one window per guest room can be cracked open, letting in the sounds of the city and a bit of fresh air.

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At the Hotel Julian, one of the drawers built into the bed frame contains a safe big enough for a laptop computer.

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