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CHICAGO, IL (July 23, 2013) - Thompson Hotels announces October 2013 as the opening of its 11th property, Thompson Chicago, as the company continues to expand its global portfolio of lifestyle hotels. The first phase of the hotel opening will occur in October 2013 with reservations being accepted as of October 1 and the following phases rolling out through the end of the year.  Thompson Chicago will offer its savvy clientele sophisticated comforts of a home-away-from-home, joined by personalized service provided by the hotel's highly trained and committed staff. Located in the heart of Chicago's famed Gold Coast, the 247-room hotel offers unobstructed city views of Lake Michigan and is just steps from glamorous Michigan Avenue, Oak Street boutiques and downtown's finest dining and nightlife destinations. 


An all-star team of talent from Chicago and abroad has been assembled to bring the vision to life for Thompson Chicago. To design the space, the brand tapped award-winning British designer Tara Bernerd, who is also responsible for creating interiors for Thompson's London property, Belgraves. Bernerd brings a strong contemporary approach that is ever-current and renowned for creating warmth and atmosphere. The interiors of Thompson Chicago, including the guest rooms, public spaces and restaurant, will incorporate her signature style, marked by intelligent space planning and a strong emphasis on texture and bold colors.   

One Off Hospitality Group, the restaurant group behind critically acclaimed Chicago restaurants Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, The Violet Hour and, most recently, Publican Quality Meats, will open NICO at the hotel. NICO will serve Italian cuisine in a rustic yet elegant setting, with a focus on fresh pastas that are made daily and sourcing the finest seasonal seafood to craft dishes that are unconventionally creative and inspired by Italian traditions. 

In addition to being the ideal destination for business or pleasure, guests will find that Thompson Chicago's 12,225 square feet of flexible function space is a magnificent venue for upscale events and functions. Private dining rooms and a reception area, as well as six two-level penthouses will also be available for those seeking to host their next special occasion at the city's chicest new hotel. 

For more information on Thompson Chicago, visit or call 312-266-2100.

About Thompson Hotels

Founded in 2001 with the launch of its first project, 60 Thompson, Thompson Hotels is an international hospitality company that offers sophisticated luxury to its discerning clientele.  The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes 60 Thompson, Gild Hall, 6 Columbus, Thompson LES and Smyth Tribeca in New York City; the famed Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Thompson Beverly Hills in Los Angeles; Thompson Toronto and Belgraves in London.  Sutton Place in Chicago and Hotel Victor in Miami, also part of the portfolio, will re-launch as Thompson Chicago and Thompson Ocean Drive respectively, later this year following multi-million dollar renovations. Thompson Hotels also has multiple new projects in development, including Thompson Cabo San Lucas. In October of Hotels 2011, Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre Hospitality merged to form Commune Hotels & Resorts, a multi-brand platform comprised of an international collection of lifestyle properties, included the newly launched Tommie brand. For more information please visit

About One Off Hospitality Group

One Off Hospitality Group is the proud parent of Blackbird, avec, The Violet Hour, The Publican, Big Star and Publican Quality Meats. ONE OFF implies that every project is unique, and operated in a spirit of complete and utter creativity. It suggests that each project might be our last, which is why each project is handled with the utmost attention to detail and character. ONE OFF is the opposite of big branding, knock 'em out and spread 'em out entrepreneurship. ONE OFF suggests that we always strive to bring something unique into the world, and when you get down right to it, our lives themselves are ONE OFFs. For more information, please visit

About Tara Bernerd & Partners

British designer, Tara Bernerd, is founder of the established interior architectural practice, Tara Bernerd & Partners. Headquartered in London, the practice's team of experienced architects and designers uphold Bernerd's focus on the relevance of intelligent spaces, creative direction and interior design.  Bernerd's business interests continue to grow, working increasingly on a global platform with projects in New York, Chicago, London, Hong Kong and Switzerland.   Key clients include Berkeley Homes, the LeFraks, Thompson Hotels, MARC Restaurants, Blackstone, Lend Lease, Heron, Grosvenor Asia, amongst a list of luxury brands and private clients. Tara Bernerd & Partners' designs reflect intelligent space planning and layouts, with a strong use of texture and colour. With a more edgy approach Bernerd's work is renowned for creating warmth and atmosphere in contemporary lifestyles. Increasingly focusing on the Hotel and Restaurant industries, the practice is committed to making a difference through design.

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