I've had the pleasure of staying at the new Wit twice since its opening in May of 2009. Overall, the hotel is a welcome addtion to Chicago's Loop, both in terms of additional hotel rooms as well as the fantastic Roof and great restaurants.
I live in Chicago so I have a pretty good sense of what works in this fabulous city. The Wit is perfectly located for people in town on business, who want to be close to Millenium Park and the Art Institute or people wanting to be in the heart of the theater district. Shopping on North Michigan Avenue is an easy walk, as is both the Sears...I mean Willis...Tower and the Hancock Building/Water Tower (ahem, American Girl). One can also get to Navy Pier on foot or by a very short cab ride.
Rooms are on the modern side. Many will have a bright neon stripe running diagonally across the windows, which can be blocked using the drapes. Beds are very comfortable and the TV is quite nice. Amenities are good. My only complaint on the room is the oversized, shallow sink which creates a challenge for someone trying to wash their face. Definitely an example of form over function.
The rooftop bar "Roof" is not to be missed. It has quickly become one of the most desired spots on the nightlife scene as evidenced from the long lines down Lake Street on several nights per week. There is a large outdoor space with good views of downtown Chicago as well as enclosed space to protect against the elements. You can also have a small group occupy a private area which extends out from the building--not for the faint of heart. There are fire pits in the outside area to warm the bodies in non-summer months. Drinks are not cheap, but the wine list is nicely diversified and the cucumber mojitos are quite yummy.
Both restaurants are excellent. I had breakfast only twice at State and Lake--both times the food was great. This venue also does a pretty good later bar and grill business. The second floor creative Italian restaurant Cibo Matto, takes a very unique view of Italian cuisine and is a great pre or post theater choice.
My only other complaint is the lack of on site self parking. Valet is available, however it is less expensive (at least by a little) to park in one of the many self park garages located within 1-2 blocks of the hotel. The hotel is also easily accessible from both O'Hare and Midway via the El. The Blue Line from O'Hare stops about 4 blocks from the property; the Orange Line from Midway stops almost on top of the hotel.
Make sure upon check in you get a VIP pass for Roof if you are there on the weekend. The place is so popular that they have restricted access quite considerably--if its very crowded, a room key may not suffice. Last note, if you are Hilton Gold/Diamond, make sure you get free breakfast coupons for State and Lake. I noticed that they weren't automatically given out.
Overall, one of the most dynamic, vibrant hotels to hit Chicago in quite a while!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- theWit is intelligently renewing one of the original "It" locations on the corner of State (the great) Street and Lake. Its history is rich with artists, theatre people, journalists and musicians as it is nestled between the theatre district and the river. Blending the amenities of a resort with the flair of a boutique hotel, theWit has brought a new energy and vitality to the downtown Chicago Loop. Striking design, unparalleled comfort, and remarkable services create a dramatic sensory experience. This is a destination for anyone who gets "It" or at least wants to. ... more less
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