For Kimpton’s Gray hotel, Gensler refurbished Chicago’s iconic New York Life Insurance Building and reinstalled more than 500 of its windows with energy-saving insulation.
The revitalized public space by Gensler and Beleco, in conjunction with Kimpton’s Ave Bradley, welcomes guests with its original 1900s architecture and restored Georgia gray marble, as seen in the grand staircase.
Original artworks from Chicago artists grace the walls, adding a modern contrast.
The restoration captured the original elegance of the building by highlighting historical elements and accents.
Inspired by men’s suits, the 293 guestrooms and suites from Beleco incorporate tweed fabrics, and a navy and black color scheme for a classic and timeless aesthetic.
Blue accents are featured as a nod to Chicago’s flag.
Bathrooms include cheeky art, including a piece that reads “Keep Calm It’s Just Garlic.”
Bathrooms feature metal accents, suspended light fixtures, standalone tubs, and blue mosaic tile shower walls that complement a dark gray floor.
Located on the second floor, the sophisticated Vol. 39 bar showcases an extensive collection of spirits and vintage encyclopedias recovered during the renovation.
The intimate, masculine setting of Vol. 39 accentuates bygone grandeur with modern amenities.
The lobby and living room sit adjacent to the bar.
New York-based Parts and Labor crafted the onsite South American eatery Boleo with an open-air retractable glass roof to accommodate guests year-round.
Designed by Parts and Labor, Boleo spans 4,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space on the hotel’s 15th floor.