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FUSED Magazine: Top Art Hotels in the World

"Why limit your artistic encounters to galleries and museums when you can sleep above a masterpiece? For those with a penchant for the visually stunning, our curated list of boutique hotels across the globe promises more than just a stay—they offer an immersive cultural experience. From the historic corridors of Dubai to the contemporary art scenes of Chicago, each hotel stands as an artistic wonder."

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InsideHook: 8 Best Hotels in Downtown Chicago

"It’s a museum. It’s a hotel. It’s both! You’ll find art absolutely everywhere at 21c, and guests are encouraged to explore. This boutique option as it is comfortable as it is beautiful; if you need a reason to leave their plush beds, there’s a free 60-minute tour of the artwork for those in the know."

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Travel + Leisure: Best Places to Visit in March

Where to Stay: An artsy boutique hotel, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago is set in the River North neighborhood.

Although spring arrives in March, the cold weather hangs on a bit longer in the Windy City, so bundle up and duck into one of Chicago’s best museums to warm up (and explore). There’s plenty to do both indoors and outside. “As the city’s vibrancy comes back after the winter, there are concerts, theater premieres, and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations all across Chicago,” according to Rebecca Correri, general manager at 21c Museum Hotel Chicago. St. Patrick’s Day is a big occasion in Chicago, when the Chicago River turns emerald green and the official Irish Parade takes place. Chicago’s food is legendary; from deep-dish pizza to five-star dining, foodies love the city’s cuisine.

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The Points Guy: Best Places to Travel in March

March in Chicago is notable for its unique St. Patrick's Day celebration and the city's array of activities.

The dyeing of the Chicago River on March 16 is a must-see event, turning the river into a brilliant green spectacle. This is one of the most unusual St. Patrick's Day events globally, drawing crowds to marvel at the transformation.

While in Chicago, travelers can still take advantage of winter festivities, like the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park — perfect for families on spring break in the Windy City. Additionally, "Peter Pan" and "Pretty Woman" make their musical debut on Broadway in Chicago in March, and the iconic Bean in Millennium Park, which has been closed for construction, reopens in spring.

TPG tip: Located a few short blocks from the riverwalk, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago is a quick walk to the action and available for $150 for a one-night stay.

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AFAR: 10 Best Places to Travel in March

Is there anywhere else to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day other than Chicago? After all, the Windy City goes beyond a massive parade (though there’s one of those, too.) No, the city, quite literally, transforms, as the main river here is dyed bright green on the Saturday before March 17 (this year, that’s March 15). It’s a fleeting change, as the ferocious water flows mean the color ebbs away within one to two days, so you’ll need to be here that weekend to see the maximum impact—take a cruise on the water for an up-close glimpse.⁣⁣

This funky boutique chainlet—now part of the Accor umbrella—is aptly named: Each of its sites acts as much as a gallery as a crash pad, a nod to the passions of its art-collecting philanthropist founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The four-year-old Chicago site is no exception, with work from local artists like Colleen Plumb ranged around the property, including its 10,000-square-foot onsite gallery.⁣⁣

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Lure Fishbar: Chicago Food Magazine

Chicago Food Magazine: Indulge in a special oceanic feast this Christmas Eve at Lure Fishbar (616 N Rush St). This festive season, the restaurant is offering a special "Feast of the Seven Fishes'' with a tasting menu priced at $95 per person. Highlights of the menu include baccala mantecata, polpo alla griglia with cannellini beans and chorizo, and tuna carpaccio with caper, lemon, and fennel. Reservations for this festive dining experience can be made on their website.

Click below to read the full article in Chicago Food Magazine!

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Where to Party and Indulge for New Year's Eve and Day

Chicago Food Magazine: Lure Fishbar is set to host a special New Year's Eve dining experience, featuring a selection of gourmet dishes. Patrons can indulge in highlights from the menu such as seared Nantucket bay scallops with American caviar and lemon crème, the lure raw bar tasting, and the lure surf & turf with filet mignon and king crab, and dessert options like the chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream and caramel popcorn. Reservations can be made on their website.

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21c Museum Hotel Chicago Launches the “Art of” Series, Created to Showcase the Art Apparent in Everything

The “Art of” series first launched in June 2022 with the Art of Fashion, which brought together eight Chicago-based fashion designers to celebrate their artistic flare, followed by the wildly successful Battle of the Bartenders event on August 31, to highlight the impressive and balanced art of mixology. At the conclusion, bartender Jesse Sexton of The Berkshire Room won the right to put his “I Say Tomato” cocktail on the menu at 21c Chicago’s iconic Lure Fishbar. The regular sell-out events, classes and experiences focus on bringing creators to 21c Chicago, the only multi-venue contemporary museum dedicated to 21st-century art, with on-site galleries open to the public around the clock, with vibrant, thought-provoking and buzzy experiences that make art not only accessible, but enjoyable. 

“We created the ‘Art of’ series as a way to show people that there truly is art in everything,” said Nigel Barker, creative consultant and brand ambassador, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago. “From fashion, to mixology, to photography, dance, cinema and beyond, the arts are on full display at 21c and we’re quite serious about the importance we place on having fun celebrating beautiful artists and creators that surround us through our ‘Art of’ series events, activations and experiences,” he said. “And we welcome 21c guests, locals, visitors and the community to take part in these vibrant experiences.” 

The fall/winter season brings a host of events, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get “Behind the Lens” with Nigel Barker himself, through the “Art of Photography” in September. October also brings the not-to-be-missed “Art of Movement,” a performance, dance party and book signing with the inimitable visual artist Brendan Fernandes. 

“I am a fierce advocate of the arts and our ‘Art of’ series is the perfect opportunity to expose more people to the life-changing power of art in all its forms,” said 21c Chicago Museum Manager Juli Lowe. “We hope the ‘Art of’ series becomes something people look forward to and come back to experience time and again, because they’ve had an exciting, eye-opening or even unexpected experience attending a previous event—each one is so different and the quality of exhibition, performance, and craft highlights the vibrancy of Chicago’s local art scene.” 

Art of events slated for September - November 2022 include: 

September: The Art of Photography - Behind the Lens with Nigel Barker 
: September 29, 5:00-9:00pm 

Join internationally renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker as he takes you behind the lens to discuss his career from America’s Next Top Model, photographing celebrity magazine covers to advertising campaigns.  The event will showcase his greatest work and include a masterclass and photo walk of downtown Chicago. Nigel will share decades of experience photographing the fashion industry, urban landscape, and how he stays inspired. Following his presentation, Nigel and his team will guide participants on a photo walk from  21c Museum Hotel sharing advice and tips on how to capture the narrative of Chicago from the big picture to the details and help unlock the hidden beauty in the everyday. Following the photowalk, participants will return to 21c to share their photographs on a digital gallery wall and have the opportunity to get their portraits shot by the one and only Nigel Barker.

October: The Art of Movement - Dance Party with Brendan Fernandes and Re/Form Book Signing 
When: October 21, 6:00-10:00pm

Join 21c and Brendan Fernandes for an immersive museum program featuring an artist talk, performance, book signing, and dance party! The night will commence with a conversation between Fernandes and Nigel Barker, 21c Chicago’s Creative Ambassador. Immediately following will be a special performance of Révérence by Joffrey Academy Dancers, alongside a book signing of Fernandes’ forthcoming monograph, Brendan Fernandes: Re/Form. The dance party will kick off at 8pm with DJ Harry Cross, alongside a champagne and wine bar with beverages from Peroni, Casa Dragones and Jarritos. 

November: The Art of Cinema (event listing to come soon) 
When: Friday, November 4, 11, 18, 7:00-9:00pm

21c Chicago is offering rotating feature films throughout the month of November including, Nowhere Boy a 2009 British biographical drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Wood in her directorial debut (video work on view in Gallery 6); Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace follows the artist as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a series of paintings of women for the first time (painting on view in lobby from this series, artist is known for painting President Obama); and Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay), a 2019 French historical romantic drama film written and directed by Céline Sciamma, starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel. Set in France in the late 18th century, the film tells the story of a lesbian affair between an aristocrat and a painter commissioned to paint her portrait.

The local community and visiting guests of 21c Chicago can also expect to see a holiday-centric market this December, with an array of vendors to be announced in the coming month. In 2023, the “Art of” series will expand to include an exploration on the Art of Wellness, Art of Love, Art of Sustainability, and more, each paired with a notable partner and activations for guests and residents to enjoy. The full calendar of 2023 themes will be announced early next year. 

With over 10,000 square feet of gallery space in the museum, 21c Chicago has created a unique avenue to celebrate local artists in addition to its signature events, with past highlights including Elevate at 21c, exhibitions and activations with local artists, Curatorial Conversations, live music pop-ups with Sofar sounds, bimonthly Jazz Jam Sessions, live storytelling, and Chamber Music Masterworks with Roosevelt University. The upcoming schedule includes performances by Blue Alice, Brendan Fernandes, and Fabulous Freddie; along with yoga and brunch, a hands-on cocktail class, as well as rotating art and wine tours with Museum Manager Juli Lowe. For a schedule of museum events, please visit 

About 21c Museum Hotel Chicago

21c Museum Hotel Chicago is a one-of-a-kind contemporary art museum and boutique hotel, located just steps from Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile shopping district in River North. 21c Chicago is the ninth location for 21c Museum Hotels,  21c is the only multi-venue contemporary museum dedicated to 21st-century art, with on-site galleries open to the public around the clock, and commissioned design site-specific installations by Chicago-based artists, including wallpaper by Nick Cave and his partner Bob Faust, and a video projection by Colleen Plumb. The 297-room hotel is the ideal home base and gathering place in Chicago, with an array of unique meeting and event venues, including over 10,000 square feet of gallery space. Curated by 21c Chief Curator and Museum Director Alice Gray Stites, the current exhibition on view at 21c Chicago, Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art, features more than 90 works of art by 55 artists from around the world in an exhibition that illuminates the intersection of celebrity, commerce, technology and the media. 21c is also home to the Chicago outpost of the Soho seafood hotspot Lure Fishbar from acclaimed Mercer Street Hospitality. Lure Fishbar Chicago offers the freshest fish selections from around the globe, complete with a raw bar and rotating oyster selection, plus signature dishes. The 262-seat, AvroKo-designed restaurant has quickly become a dining destination from happy hour, to late night in River North. 

About 21c Museum Hotels

21c Museum Hotels are a multi-venue museum located in nine cities. One of the largest contemporary art museums in the U.S., and North America’s only collecting museum dedicated solely to art of the 21st century, each property features exhibition space open free of charge to the public, combined with a boutique hotel and restaurant. It was founded in 2006 by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson; philanthropists, preservationists, and collectors, committed to expanding access to contemporary art as a means of catalyzing revitalization and civic connection. 21c presents a range of arts programming curated by Museum Director, Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, including both solo and group exhibitions that reflect the global nature of art today, as well as site-specific, commissioned installations, and a variety of cultural events. The organization collaborates on arts initiatives with artists and organizations worldwide, including Speed Art Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Creative Capital Foundation, Creative Time, and others.


The Best New Hotels in Chicago

The art-filled 21c Museum Hotel Chicago opened just before the pandemic started, missing its opportunity to fully shine. But it’s worth your attention for the substantial investment the hotel group is making in contemporary art.

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