A home base on Michigan Avenue. Steps from the river, the park, and the lake. Sounds like a dream for your next stay in Chicago, right? Good news: Arlo has just moved into the Windy City, with the opening of Arlo Chicago, so you can now travel and stay your way in the Midwest, with all the things you know and love about Arlo at your fingertips.
As of April 11, 2023, what was once known as the Hotel Julian is now Arlo Chicago, a stylish, 218-room homebase for urban explorers. If you’re in town on April 27, you might even catch our ribbon-cutting ceremony from 6pm–8pm, a celebration that makes the transition and Arlo’s arrival official.
Inside Our New Home
Old meets new in the best possible way at Arlo Chicago. When you stay with us, you’ll experience a slice of the city’s history paired with modern design. The hotel is located in what was once Chicago’s landmark Atlantic Bank Building, dating back to 1912. The original structure, designed by Benjamin Marshall, underwent renovations worth more than $75 million in 2018, led by Hirsh Associates LLC. The restoration involved updating the terracotta facade of the building, and adding five stories via a sleek glass curtain wall that provides floor-to-ceiling windows in some of the hotel’s guest rooms.
Intrigued? You’ll want to book a Millennium King room on one of the top five floors to enjoy these panoramic views of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and the Anish Kapoor sculpture “Cloud Gate,” also known as the Chicago Bean.
The hotel’s rooms were designed by the Gettys Group, featuring a light, airy aesthetic, with pops of modern color and texture. Arlo’s signature, playful amenities, like fortune cookie welcome treats, are all on hand to make your stay seamless and fun.
Our New Neighborhood
With a location on N. Michigan Avenue, Arlo Chicago is on the edge of the city’s New East Side neighborhood, a short walk from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. While all the energy and bustle of the Magnificent Mile and the Loop are easily accessible when you stay with us, you’ll also get to enjoy a calmer, more residential-style neighborhood where you’ll rub shoulders with city-dwelling Chicagoans who make their home in nearby modern high-rises.
It’s the best of both worlds, city action, and green space chill, with a healthy dose of local culture to boot.
Things to Do Nearby
Community workouts. Live music. Movies under the stars and garden tours. It all takes place at Millennium Park, Chicago’s 24.5-acre park and cultural hub. The park is one portion of a larger area, Grant Park, which is where you’ll also find the Art Institute of Chicago, the Buckingham Fountain, and the Museum Campus. Grant Park is also the home of Lollapalooza, one of the summer’s biggest music festivals, taking place this year from August 3–6.
Other summer musts while you’re in Chicago include taking in a ball game at Wrigley Field, a 10-minute drive from the hotel, and shopping the Magnificent Mile, the city’s home of high-end retail, dining and historic landmarks such as the neo-gothic Tribune Tower. This area is also home to more contemporary attractions, including the Museum of Ice Cream, where you can cool off after a day of exploring the city and fill your Insta feed with candy-colored content.
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, About Last Knife is Arlo Chicago’s on-site restaurant with modern gastropub vibes. If you swing by the front desk, our team will also give you custom recommendations for whatever it is you’re craving, from Chicago-style dogs, to dim sum spreads, fancy brunches, iconic steakhouses and every kind of cuisine in between. When it comes to deep-dish pizza, the front desk will make you choose sides. Check out Giordano’s and Lou Malnatis and report back to see which side you fall on.
Getting Around Chicago
Plenty of the city’s landmarks and must-see spots are within walking distance of Arlo Chicago. You’ll also find the Millennium Station of “the L,” the city’s CTA train system, right here on our block. Water taxis along the Chicago River are a great option for sunny days, and bike lanes and the city’s bike-share program, Divvy, make getting around on two wheels a breeze as well. Prefer to use Uber or Lyft? Simply type “Arlo Chicago” into your app of choice and we’ll get ready to see you soon.
Arlo Chicago is now open, with a limited-time introductory rate of $159 a night. Visit arlohotels.com/chicago to reserve now, and follow Arlo Hotels on Instagram at @arlohotels for all the latest news and special deals.