Digital Storytelling and Visitor Analytics for City and Cultural Institutions
The Old Dearborn Bank had all odds stacked against it being built a year before The Great Depression. Although the bank was short lived the ornate terra-cotta decoration and whirling marble throughout the lobby was something to feast the eyes upon. Needless to say the bank closed after three years of being open.
The somewhat eccentric Sir Richard Branson open the doors, in a very Chicago fashion, to the Virgin Hotel in 2015. With the building being on the being a Chicago Landmark renovations took longer than expected, but no expense was spared. You enter the gold revolving door into a plus red lobby with gold accents. The front desk the original of the building, but was used as cigar bar during the time the bank was open. Throughout the lobby there's a fusion of old and new with a sprinkle of British culture.
On the second floor of the hotel is The Commons Club, a swanky bar with shag and elaborate lighting. The exclusive vibe is meant, but the intent is to be inclusive. A place where meet up with friends for a great cocktail, be in the amazing ambiance without all the fuss of a membership, hence the name. You definitely want to experiece the Upside Down Tea Party there every weekend.
The Virgin Hotel offers amazing views of the city from their rooftop, Cerise. Check out their Instagram @ceriserooftop for events or just drop by for a Thirsty Thursday.