The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop
Welcome to Chicago
Discover the best of Chicago's central Loop at our ideally located hotel, where world-class business, art, and entertainment are right at your doorstep. Step outside to find yourself in proximity to Chicago's Theater District, Millennium Park, Grant Park, and River Walk. Treat yourself to sophisticated comfort in one of our guest rooms and suites, each steeped in historic charm. Make use of a wide range of amenities including 14,000 square feet of flexible event space, an on-site restaurant and bar, and fitness center.
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About Our Chicago Loop Hotel
Voted a top hotel in Chicago by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop is the perfect blend of vintage Art Deco charm and modern comfort in Chicago's lively theatre district. With The Chicago Theater and Goodman Theater at your fingertips, you can indulge in a night of culture and entertainment. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at the scenic Millennium Park. Make time for a leisurely stroll along the picturesque River Walk and explore the beauty of the city like never before.
After a busy day of work or adventure, retire to one of our guest rooms and suites that exude sophisticated comfort. Relish captivating views of the lively Randolph Street below. Make use of our thoughtfully-selected in-room amenities.
Host your grand receptions or intimate meetings in our luxurious Walnut Ballroom or Savoy Room. Let our dedicated team ensure your event runs smoothly and flawlessly.
Experience irresistible flavors of authentic Italian cuisine at 312 Chicago, our on-site dining venue, or unwind with a drink from Bar Allegro, located off the main lobby.
Break a sweat in our newly renovated, state-of-the-art fitness center featuring strength training equipment, a Peloton Bike, cardio gear, yoga mats, and more.
Historic Landmark Hotel in Chicago
Like Chicago itself, the site of The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel has a long, storied history. Founded as The Bismarck Hotel in 1894 by Emil and Karl Eitel, the hotel has lived several lives. It wasn’t until after a full demolition in 1924 that the art deco-inspired sensation that houses The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel today was constructed.
The Eitel brothers, Emil and Karl – and their siblings Robert, Max and Otto, who later followed them to Chicago – oversaw the hotel’s first rise to prominence at the turn of the 20th century. At its grand re-opening in 1926, it anchored the renowned "Eitel Block." By the 1930s and 40s, the hotel hosted stars of stage and screen as well as other influencers who helped shape the character of the city itself.
Take a look below at the timeline of this illustrious property, and learn the role the Eitel brothers played in the evolution of 171 W. Randolph Street.
Eitel Brothers Immigrate to Chicago
Two of the Eitel brothers (Emil & Karl) immigrate to Chicago from Stuttgart, Germany in the early 1890s. Emil is first in 1890, followed by Karl in 1891.
Fair Hotel Opens
Emil and Karl Eitel open the Fair Hotel, a guesthouse-turned-hotel on S. Cottage Grove Avenue and 63rd Street on Chicago's South Side, near the site of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The success they find here encourages them to fully pursue the hospitality industry.
Brothers Purchase Bismarck Hotel and Bismarck Gardens
The two Eitel brothers purchase the 4-story Germania Hotel at Randolph and Wells and rename it "The Bismarck," named after German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck. They also found the Bismarck Hotel Company, further extending their reach in Chicago's hotel and restaurant scene. They are joined by their brothers Robert (in 1898) and Max (in 1901) who help them run the hotel and various restaurants around the city throughout the first half of the 20th century.
In 1895 Emil and Karl also purchase a beer garden on the north side of the city and rename it Bismarck Gardens, extending the Bismarck brand. It is predominantly run by Max Eitel and renamed Marigold Gardens during World War II. Marigold Gardens is eventually sold during Prohibition.
Bismarck Renamed Randolph Hotel
During World War I, amid American anti-German sentiment, the Eitels change the hotel's name to The Randolph Hotel, changing it back after Armistice Day (November 11, 1919).
Eitels Purchase The Neighborhood
In 1924, six years after the end of World War I, the Eitels purchase the entire south side of the block of Randolph between La Salle & Wells. It is thereafter known as the "Eitel Block." In addition to hotel holdings, they oversee the building of the 22-story Metropolitan Office building and the 2,500-seat Palace Opera Theater adjacent to the hotel.
The existing Bismarck Hotel is demolished to make way for a grand rebuild. In its place, the Eitels build a 19-story hotel with 600 guest rooms and a striking marble staircase off the lobby. The rebuild is designed by renowned Chicago architectural firm Rapp and Rapp, with help from a fifth Eitel brother, Albert, who had remained in Stuttgart and pursued a career in architecture.
Bismarck Hotel Opens as Randolph
The "new" Bismarck reopens in 1926 with just as much fanfare as its predecessor.
The Palace Theater becomes a must-stop along the vaudeville circuit with stars like Mae West, Jimmy Durante, Lillian Russell, Richard Mansfield, John Mason, May Irwin, Ellen Terry, Nat Goodwin and Julia Marlowe, and Bob Hope performing there and staying at the adjacent Bismarck Hotel.
Dec. 5, 1933
The first post-Prohibition keg is tapped at The Bismarck's Walnut Room. Hundreds of revelers line up around the block and flood in immediately after midnight. The hotel goes down in history as the first place to legally sell alcohol again. Guests are even given paper hats in the shape of beer mugs with the phrase "Happy Days" printed on them.
1940s & 50s
Movies and Wartime
As vaudeville and big bands go out of fashion, the Palace Theater begins hosting traveling Broadway shows and eventually becomes the biggest movie theater in the city in the 1940s.
The Bismarck hosts events for local and nationally known movers, shakers, movie stars and the like.
During World War II, the brass lighting fixtures and sconces throughout the building are painted white, from fear that the government will claim them to make bullets for the war effort.
The Eitels sell the Bismarck Hotel to Arthur Wirtz for just over $2 million. Wirtz is a renowned local Chicagoan and owner of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team and Chicago Stadium.
1960s - 1980s
Thanks to its close proximity to City Hall, The Bismarck becomes the unofficial meeting spot (and home to much behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing) for the Cook County Democratic Party, led by famed Chicago Mayor J. Richard Daley. Daley had his own table in the Walnut Room with a private phone installed for his personal use.
The Green Orchid Room
On the 100th anniversary of the hotel, the Green Orchid Room opens, an intimate lounge and entertainment space described as an "art deco cabaret and cigar club." Between appearances by its own "Green Orchid Girls," vocalists like Jackie Allen, Frances Asher and Kurt Elling perform.
The Wirtz family sells the former "Eitel Block" to PalMet Venture, LLC. The Kimpton Hotel Group manages and designs the historic property.
The block undergoes a $31 million renovation and reopens in 1998 as the Hotel Allegro; operations are handled by Kimpton Hotels. The renovations bring out the dramatic theater district flair of the hotel's past. The grand marble staircase is refurbished and the original light fixtures that had been languishing in the hotel’s basement are brought back to life.
Kimpton Hotel Allegro
Hotel Allegro begins a 2-year, $15 million renovation meant to further honor the art deco history of the Bismarck Hotel’s post-Prohibition heyday.
More than 100 Years of History
Sonesta International Hotel Corporation purchases the hotel and celebrates the rich history of 171 W. Randolph Street.
Accessibile Hotel in Chicago Loop
We strive to make your stay as comfortable as possible and to accommodate the needs of our guests with disabilities. Please contact the hotel if you have any special requests.
We offer a range of amenities and services to accommodate the needs of guests with disabilities including:
Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
Wheelchair-accessible public bathroom
Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
Wheelchair-accessible van parking
Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
Wheelchair-accessible business center
Visual alarms in hallways
Handrails in stairwells
Wheelchairs available on site
Well-lit path to entrance
Step-free path to entrance
Pet-Friendly Hotel in Chicago Loop
We love your furry friends as much as you do.
Sonesta is proud to invite your cuddly companions and provide special amenities like comfy pet beds, bowls, waterproof mats, and treats at check-in. We’ll greet your pet with an arrival letter outlining our local recommendations for a “pawsome” stay.
The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop is pet friendly and welcomes well-mannered pets, with no breed or weight restrictions. Up to two pets are permitted per suite.
$75 fee per stay applies.
Check-in/Checkout Policy at Our Hotel in Chicago Loop
Guests may request early check-in, but it is not guaranteed. A valid credit card must be presented at check-in. Late check-out can be arranged with the hotel, subject to availability.
To add an additional guest to your reservation, please contact the front desk at 312.346.7100.
Please note that guests must be at least 21 years of age to check into the hotel.
Destination Fee at Our Hotel in Chicago Loop
Room rates are subject to a daily Destination Fee of $28.00 (plus applicable taxes), which includes:
- Coffee and tea in the lobby each morning
- Premium WiFi
- Two bottles of water
- Access to the fitness center including a Peloton bike
- Use of digital news and magazine platform PressReader
- Use of our bicycles to explore the city (seasonal)
- Seasonal water refresh station in the lobby
- $10 credit for use towards Bar Allegro or the bodega
Amenities at Our Loop Hotel
At The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop, we are proud to offer a wide array of amenities and services designed to make your stay as comfortable and effortless as possible.
Maintain your active lifestyle even when you're away from home with our newly renovated, state-of-the-art fitness center. Complete with a Peloton Bike, strength training equipment, cardio gear, yoga mats, and more, our fitness center is open 24 hours a day to accommodate your busy schedule.
Experience the splendor of Chicago with the Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop! We have bicycles ready for you to explore the stunning Lake Michigan setting and take in the city's cultural touchstones. Imagine taking a leisurely ride over to Millennium Park, and browsing the Chicago Institute of Art, all while feeling the wind in your hair. Our bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to seize the opportunity and explore the city in a whole new way!
At present, our hotel does not offer valet parking service for our guests. However, we do have alternative parking options available nearby, within 200 ft distance from our hotel, at a rate of $30 per night. These parking options may also offer additional discounts for our guests.
In-Room Amenities at Our Chicago Loop Hotel
The guest rooms at The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown feature refined decor, custom hardwood finishes, fine furnishings, and the following amenities:
Please note amenities may vary by room. More details can be found during room selection.
Luxury Suites at Our Chicago Loop Hotel
Treat yourself to an upscale stay in Chicago Loop by booking one of our luxury one-bedroom suites. Featuring a private bedroom, a separate living room area, and a one-person or a two-person spa tub, our suites will elevate your Chicago experience — whether you're visiting on business or for a special getaway with your significant other!
Your suite stay will be nothing short of a royal experience. Explore our Royally Suite Experience program here.
Dining at Our Hotel in Chicago Loop
Experience the finest of Chicago dining right at your fingertips. At The Allegro Royal Sonesta Chicago Loop hotel, you’ll find the freshest local ingredients, creative cocktails, cuisine, and superb service in the heart of Chicago's Loop.
The epitome of fine dining awaits you in Chicago's theater district at 312 Chicago - conveniently located next to The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop. Savor the flavors of Italy at this well-established eatery, renowned for its delectable dishes and extensive selection of wines and cocktails. Enjoy our inviting atmosphere while you select the perfect drink to complement your meal and elevate your taste buds to new heights.
Scheduled to re-open in March 2023, make your dining reservations or book a private event now! Secure your spot by contacting us at 312.325.7100 or emailing us at email@example.com
Pull up a seat and unwind with a refreshing drink from Bar Allegro, located off our main lobby. Our vintage American bar offers a retro-chic atmosphere with a wide selection of wines, local beers, and hand-crafted cocktails. Enjoy a bite with our fresh grab-and-go food options.
312 Chicago at Our Loop Hotel
Experience irresistible Italian dishes at 312 Chicago—a favorite among locals for 25 years and counting. Our welcoming atmosphere, diverse wine and cocktail program, and authentic Italian cuisine come together to create unforgettable meals in a lively setting. Located next to The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel in Chicago's theater district, our bustling restaurant and bar feature Chef Marcello Florio's creative twists on traditional Italian favorites.
Don't miss the opportunity to indulge in our freshly made pasta, authentic, scratch-made sauces, and classic favorites. Be treated to a culinary adventure with our exclusive "off the menu" specials, crafted by our renowned chef Marcello.
Private Dining Menu
312 Chicago is excited to announce our reopening in March 2023! Make your dining reservations or book a private event now. Secure your spot by contacting us at 312.325.7100 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bar Allegro at Our Loop Hotel
Welcome to Bar Allegro! Sip on a vintage classic cocktail or indulge in a glass of wine from our vast selection of whites, reds, and sparkling wines. Beer lovers can enjoy our variety of bottled and draft options. Choose from our fresh grab-and-go options including savory sandwiches, our signature Allegro roast beef, chocolate confections, and more.
Daily: 4:00PM – 11:00PM
Attractions near Our Chicago Hotel
The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel in Chicago's Loop district is the ideal spot for those eager to discover the city's finest offerings. Our centrally located hotel places you in the center of the action, with first-rate cultural, artistic, and recreational options just a stone's throw away.
Hotel near Chicago Theater
Witness the grandeur of Chicago's downtown at the Chicago Theatre, a National Landmark that will take your breath away. Boasting a capacity of 3,553 seats, the seven-story auditorium is a must-see destination for entertainment seekers. With hundreds of concerts, comedians, special events, and tours happening every year, the Chicago Theatre is the premier place to catch your favorite performers or discover new ones. Our Loop hotel is minutes from the Chicago Theater.
Hotel near Millenium Park Chicago
Take a stroll through Millennium Park, located just a stone's throw away from The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop. As the city's premier green space, Millennium Park is a must-see destination for any visitor to Chicago. Take a stroll through the park and discover a collection of public art, breathtaking landscape design, and awe-inspiring modern architecture.
Hotel near Grant Park Chicago
Immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of Grant Park, the city's premier green space, just 1.5 miles from The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop. Relax on the Great Lawn with a picnic, or take a stroll through the lush gardens, fountains, and sculptures that line the shores of Lake Michigan.
Hotel near Navy Pier Chicago
Discover scenic Chicago's waterfront at Navy Pier, less than 2 miles from The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop. Soak in the rich history and vibrant culture of Navy Pier, home to a year-round calendar of exciting events and programs. Revel in art, music, dance, and more at Navy Pier, where there's always something happening, from celebrations and exhibits to free fireworks and lake cruises.
Event Spaces at Our Chicago Hotel
Our Chicago Loop hotel offers a diverse range of versatile event spaces, totaling over 14,000 square feet, that can be customized to fit your specific requirements. Each of the 15 sophisticated meeting rooms at The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop boasts rich Art Deco interiors and timeless elegance.
Our flexible meeting rooms can host up to 400 guests. Our historic Walnut Ballroom exudes elegance and offers stunning views of the city. With the help of our dedicated team, you can create a customized and delectable event menu for a memorable meeting or celebration.
The Allegro is the perfect venue for conferences, training sessions, meetings, and events of all sizes. Contact the Sales and Catering Department for new group events or meeting inquiries.Explore Venue Instant Book Venue
Wedding Venue in Chicago
Say "I do" to a lifetime of memories at The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago Loop! Our exceptional spaces and extraordinary culinary offerings will make your wedding dreams come true. Located in the heart of the Chicago Loop, our hotel offers old-world glamour with a modern, sophisticated twist. With luxurious rooms and suites, breathtaking city views, and 14,000 square feet of event spaces designed to impress, your guests will be wowed. Let our dedicated catering team handle all the details and make your wedding an affair to remember!
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Explore Our Chicago Wedding Venues
Our historic Walnut Ballroom is what wedding dreams are made of. From the soaring 15-foot ceiling to the sophisticated elegance of its warm walnut accents and art deco chandeliers, everything about this room is impressive. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning city views, and the spacious foyer is ideal for welcoming guests. The Walnut Ballroom is the perfect backdrop for your grand wedding celebration of up to 400 guests.
The warm, sophisticated Savoy Room features architectural details reminiscent of the art deco period. With a cozy fireplace, large bookshelves, plush seating, and museum-worthy artwork, this space takes you back in time. A perfect, unique room to hold your ceremony or reception.
Celebrate your “I Do’s” in the Palladium Room, boasting beautiful natural light from its expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Perfect for smaller wedding dinners for up to 80 guests or receptions for up to 150 guests.
Chicago Wedding Packages
BOOK YOUR ROYAL WEDDING, AND WE’LL ADD ON THESE PRINCELY PERKS.
Art Deco glamour your style? The Allegro Royal Sonesta offers a historic downtown setting in the heart of the Loop. Featuring soaring 15-foot ceilings, warm walnut accents, and opulent chandeliers, all of The Allegro Royal Sonesta’s classic Hollywood style is yours for the taking.
Book your dream wedding by June 30, 2023, and you’ll also receive these additional perks.
- Complimentary rehearsal dinner for up to 25 guests (a $3,000 value)
- Complimentary Bloody Marys at a farewell brunch
- Dinner for two in our signature restaurant for your first anniversary
Contact Cara Starkey at email@example.com to start planning your big day.