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Fulton Market District

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City Mouse
311 N. Morgan St., Fulton Market District
Tucked inside the Ace Hotel, City Mouse is the latest offering from beloved local triumvirate Jason Vincent, Ben Lustbader, and Josh Perlman of Giant. Here, the guys call upon seasonally-driven Midwestern inspired fare for their all-day menu, which translates to dinner selections like cornbread with parmesan and the "Country Mouse"—a cheddar, caramel, and caviar shooter (a wink to local favorite Garrett Popcorn), plus a particularly satisfying lasagna, layered with lemon ricotta and mushroom duxelles. The crowd-pleasing brunch runs the gamut from gluten-free house doughnuts and avocado toast to sweet cornmeal griddle cakes, and—wait for it—a particularly decadent cinnamon pretzel roll. The dining room itself intentionally blends into the lobby, and there's an outdoor patio with ample fire pits and space heaters for those balmier Chicago days. If you come in for dinner, swing by the Waydown, the hotel's unpretentious rooftop bar for panoramic city views and a solid cocktail list by Caitlin Laman.
Ace Hotel Chicago
311 N. Morgan St., Fulton Market District
In Chicago's buzzy and rapidly gentrifying West Loop, Ace Hotel has set up shop right across from Google's Midwest HQ. Fittingly, the 159-room property is a nod to the city's strong architectural history having partnered with LA-based Commune design studio to thoughtfully marry both utility and craftsmanship. Taking inspiration from Mies Van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, the hotel expertly mixes warm woods, clean lines, and rich textures. Commune and Ace also tapped Chicago's Volume Gallery, which specializes in American Craft, to collaborate on a series of pieces specifically for the hotel by emerging and mid-career area artists. In the guest rooms, the low-slung plywood furniture references Mid-century design with pops of blue, greens, and grays and geometric patterns. (One of our favorite rooms is the Loft, a 545-plus square foot space, where a turntable and selection of curated vinyl and an acoustic Martin guitar are also on offer.) Downstairs, Stumptown Coffee set up shop just off the lobby —it's their first location in the Midwest—making for an ideal pit stop before you explore the neighborhood by foot.
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