Al-le-gro Proper name A cool and fun hotel located in the Loop in Chicago, known for its daily bi-level lobby (the location of incredible happy hours), eclectic decor (think W Hotels crossed with 70’s porn movie), and teeny tiny rooms (even for Chicago). A great location for your bachelor party or for couples looking to rekindle some old romance. [see also: Heavenly Bodies, Fantasy Sports Bar and VIPs: A Gentleman’s Club).
The non-suite bedrooms are notably small so make sure you book at least one suite for the bachelor party to hang in. Also remember that, since this is a Kimpton, they have special treats if you say a code word when you check in -- scour the Internet for the most recent one before you arrive.
Best Feature: We’ll go with the free wine everyday at the lobby from 5pm to 6pm.
Vibe: Like a NYC boutique hotel -- tiny rooms offset by a fun lobby.
Good Place to Party?: For the free happy hour booze yes; but the weak bar scene and paper-thin walls say you should plan for true debauchery somewhere else.
Nearby Eats: 312 Chicago is next door for some tasty hangover cures. N9NE Steakhouse is a quick cab ride or walk over to Ronny’s Original or Rosebud Prime.
Nearby Drinks: Take advantage of the Happy Hour deal but then move on; ROOF at theWit and Encore Liquid Lounge are both close by.