I swear I am not an escort, but I have been spending a lot of time in hotel lobbies. With no intention of ever getting a room or visiting anyone that is passing through Chicago, I have spent hours on end sitting across from the main concierge. Why, you may ask? While most people have come to expect coffee shops such as Starbucks or Peet’s as the “writing spot”, I have gravitated towards the aforementioned traveler’s destination.
For starters, the chairs are so much more comfortable! Seriously, some have velvet as soft as winter’s snow while others offer a leather finishing that hugs your entire body, like a familiar friend. Secondly, there is ample room to stretch out and make a work space for yourself. There is no competition for an outlet or bumping elbows when stretching. For me, I thrive off the constant foot traffic that enters and leaves the hotel. It’s prime for people watching and getting inspiration for whatever client/product you are advertising.
If a hotel has a Mezzanine floor, I recommend working here as it is less suspicious and there are usually washrooms located on these floors! Below are some of my favorite hotels I have written in:
Chicago Athletic Association - 12 S Michigan Ave
Fairly dim lighting, but looks like a library taken out of the Ivy League.
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North - 350 W Wolf Point Plaza
Many tables across from the main concierge, difficult to find an outlet.
Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile - 540 N Michigan Ave
Mezzanine floor with washrooms and a FedEx for printing. Also, an amazing bar with a lot of energy.
Sheraton Grand Chicago - 301 E North Water St
Literally so much space to write and very quiet/calm. Plenty of water fountains and restaurants to find.
Written by 3rd Quarter Copywriter Sean Kunz