The Neighborhood Hotel Little Italy is in the running to win USA Today’s Best New Hotel Award!

Please vote here once per day until voting ends on December 25th @ 12pm ET! 

USA Today’s panel of travel experts nominated their favorite hotel openings of the last year which features an impressive lineup of hotels throughout the country. “This is a really cool moment for the Little Italy neighborhood! I came across some old posters from Mayor Daley’s campaign in the 1960’s. The messages were very much focused on Chicago pride, honing in on what’s “good” for Chicago. Our hotels bring goodness to our city as we’re dedicated to the neighborhoods and communities — they give our spaces a pulse and an energy that’s special,” says Jonathan Gordon, Founder and CEO of The Neighborhood Hotel.

The Neighborhood Hotel is equipped with the amenities of a hotel with the warmth and convenience of one’s home. The Little Italy location offers accommodations for 138 guests (42 bedrooms) across 35 suites [studio, one and two bedrooms]. Depending on the layout, a suite can hold two to six people between beds and sleeper sofas. Each space is outfitted with thoughtful amenities, stocked kitchens [some with ovens and ranges], a well-curated selection of art and accessories, including Sferra linens, Malin + Goetz bath products, Metric Coffee w/Moccamaster Brewers, yoga mats and more. 

Rebel House Design channeled a fresh, modern concept with hints of mid-century Italian influence. Pops of color compliment soaring ceilings while terrazzo floors and elegant plaster accents round out the unique details. “The Neighborhood brand is built on connecting travelers with the communities they’re staying in,” says Marli Jones, Owner of Rebel House Design. “For inspiration, our team turned to the history of the culturally vibrant area and the rich tradition of Italian design. Sleek lines, simple geometries and a joyful color palette honor the remarkable impact Italian designers made throughout the 20th century while creating a vibe that’s fresh and compelling for today’s guests,” Jones adds. The top floor’s outdoor terraces add to the dynamic energy with captivating views of the city – a reminder that you’re away from it all yet proximate to everything.

“We knew that this building [the former National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame] was ideal for our fourth location because it’s an interesting, historic space 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 the Illinois Medical District,”  Situated within a half mile from UI Health and Rush Hospitals, The Neighborhood Hotel Little Italy fills a hole in the world of accommodations. “Doctors, nurses, patients and their families need a place to stay that’s super close to the hospital(s) but also a space that feels good. Our hotel is clean and comforting, filled with thoughtful details,” says Gordon. Some of those touches include: a partnership with Baby’s Away to deliver and assemble any baby gear that’s needed and cozy 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. “We realize that many of our guests are staying purely for fun but some are here for work or medical travel. We want to support everyone which is why we double down on the things that might seem small,” Gordon says. 

“Quite simply: details matter.” 

About The Neighborhood Hotel

The Neighborhood Hotel was founded by travel enthusiasts who enjoy spaces that inspire, comfort and fuel. Each suite is well equipped for short and longterm stays (i.e. kitchenettes, laundry, etc.). The Neighborhood Hotel aims to transform old buildings with cool history into well outfitted apartment style hotels that honor the old while representing the now. The vibe is fresh + fun with rooms that are stocked to support everyone from the homebody to the adventurer. The Neighborhood Hotel serves as a basecamp for the explorer and a sanctuary for the traveler who needs to recharge, reset or just chill.The suites are simple + clean punctuated by accents that bring the right amount of pop. The Neighborhood Hotel has locations in: Lincoln Park, Little Italy, West Loop (2025 opening), New Buffalo, MI and Grand Beach, MI.

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The Neighborhood Little Italy
Where welcome drinks come in the form of bold espresso + crisp prosecco. We can't wait
Chi? [Who]
The Neighborhood Hotel
Cosa? [What]
Warmth, bellezza, history. The cornerstones of Italian culture that The Neighborhood Little Italy captures in its third + largest location with 35 suites (Studio - 2 bedrooms).
Quando? [When]
Spring/Summer 2023
Dove? [Where]
In the heart of Little Italy! Here, you're nestled in a neighborhood with an old world feel that seamlessly welcomes the new and modern. Plus, the most bustling parts of the city are just a stone's throw away and easily accessible on foot/public transit! Places like: The Illinois Medical District + Fulton Market + West Loop + UIC + The United Center + the Loop.
Perché? [Why]
To experience fun, adventure, and comfort!
Come? [How]
Our buildings have stories ingrained in the walls (in a non-creepy way) - stories that are meant to be told and shared. The Neighborhood Little Italy was formerly the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame which honored the greatest Italian-American athletes, broadcasters, and sports workers to benefit athletics in the United States. Once again, we've fallen for a space outfitted with cool history + architecture. Grateful to all of the hard workers and supporters who are turning another NEIGHBORHOOD HOTEL vision/dream into reality!
The Neighborhood Little Italy building design
Rebel House is nailing the design. Soaring ceilings give way to chic urban lofts with sophisticated Italian villa vibes. the top floor's outdoor terraces feature captivating views of the city and the piazza across the street. La vita é bella.
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