Art commissioned from more than 30 Chicago-based artists elevates the lobby, hallways and various corridors throughout. Each artist was asked to create a piece inspired by the hotel, its location and the surrounding city environment; the resulting collection includes “I Give You Chicago,” a massive grid of Chicagoans with their heads obscured by various fruits and vegetables, by David Murray; a series of 10 X 7 backlit winter house images by Amanda Williams and more. Each piece includes a video-enabled QR code, which guests can scan with their smartphone and hear the artists speaking about the piece. This approach was born out of the influential “David Bowie is” exhibit at nearby Museum of Contemporary Art, says hotel designer Anderson/Miller Ltd, adding that “we believe the Marriott Marquis will be the first hotel to implement this type of video exhibition approach.”
When it comes time to sleep, guests can retire to one of 1,161 rooms or 44 suites. Half the rooms are double queens; half are single kings. Every room has floor-to-ceiling windows, either facing the skyline or Lake Michigan, and they all feature low-slung platform-style beds, sleek desks, en suite bathrooms and more original art.
Other points of interest: Hallway carpeting with a modern tire tread-like pattern serves as a nod to the nearby Motor Row, a historic district in Chicago’s Near South Side community area; a 30-foot tall lobby diffused with Marriott’s signature Attune scent (notes of apple, grapefruit, white cedar and a calming floral blend); families can bring their kids to play in a brightly colored community park across the street; Chicago’s own Garrett’s Popcorn is available via room service.