We’re all about THE location + a GREAT education!
The Neighborhood Hotel Little Italy is situated less than a mile from the University of Illinois Chicago, therefore filling a hole in the world of accommodations near the university.
“Students and their families, adjunct professors, prospective students, visiting sports fans, etc. need a place to stay that’s super close to UIC but also a space that feels good. We knew that this building [the former National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame] was ideal for our fourth location because it’s interesting, historic and situated in a prime location. Little Italy is home to everything that gives the city soul— incredible people, restaurants and culture — all in close proximity to UIC,” says Jonathan Gordon, Founder and CEO of The Neighborhood Hotel. “Our hotel is clean, comfortable and filled with thoughtful details,” says Gordon.
Some of those touches include: full kitchens in every suite, Metric coffee grounds and Moccamaster brewers, throw blankets made by The Weaving Mill [a local company that also supports Envision Unlimited — a nonprofit that helps adults with developmental disabilities]. Unique details are also reflected in the Gibsons seasoning salt in every pantry, a guide to the neighborhood with tips from long time locals on each coffee table, even bocce balls to use on the courts next door.
Back to the ideal location: the goal is for guests to feel the spirit and warmth of a dynamic neighborhood that’s very close to public transportation and a short walk to UIC. During any time of transition – travel for work or pleasure, college drop offs/visits – the hotel team wants guests to feel comfortable in a place where the vibrance of the neighborhood is felt.
“We realize that many of our guests are staying purely for fun but some are here for reasons that require focus. We want to support everyone which is why we double down on the things that might seem small,” Gordon says.
“Quite simply: details matter.”