Longman & Eagle, Chicago, Illinois $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Over wild boar sloppy joes and tumblers of rye, foodies and rockers find common ground at Longman & Eagle, the year-old gastropub in bohemian Logan Square. Its six newly opened andmanagement forewarnsnot entirely soundproofed guest rooms just upstairs are as nonconformist as the restaurant known to whip foie gras into hot chocolate. Guests check in with the restaurant hostess to get keys to an exterior side door leading to the hotel. A flea market aesthetic prevails in the randomly numbered rooms (4 through 76). Each is unique, but all have open plans with wood floors, glassed-in showers, vintage mirrors, original art, and Apple TVs programmed with a library of videos by local bands. Witty amenities include bedside books spanning Walt Whitman to Shel Silverstein, low-to-high minibar selections including Pabst Blue Ribbon in the can and Vosges Haut Chocolat bars, salon hair products by Kevin Murphy and, in three larger rooms, retro tape decks complete with mixed tapes. Staffing is minimalonce you check in, there is no service other than housekeeping. But along with tokens for free whiskey, hotel residency seems to confer insider status with barroom staffers, who not only fast-track you to a table but offer advice on other area hot spots.2011 Hot List
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