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A Peek Inside The Commons Club, Virgin Hotel Chicago's First Restaurant

Rooftop bar and diner aren't open yet, as hotel aims to be fully operational by mid-spring.

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Evidently, Sir Richard Branson and company deemed Chicago as a worthy site for America's first Virgin Hotel, which opened last week in The Loop.

The hotel features the full-service Commons Club restaurant/lounge, and Virgin officials want guests to enjoy the space's versatility. The restaurant is littered with different types of plush seating throughout. Diners can grab a farm-fresh breakfast when the Commons opens at 6:30 a.m., work on their projects in the afternoon or let loose with a cocktail at night (closing time stretches until midnight on Friday and Saturday).

The Commons spans two floors and serves as a central gathering hub for guests, as the bar is entrenched with Virgin's familiar red and white color scheme. For now, it's the only restaurant in the hotel, but other dining options will be ready by mid-spring. Unlike as the name would suggest, there are no formal memberships involved with the Commons Club.

Designers went out of their ways to modernize the look inside the 87-year-old Old Dearborn Bank building which officials designated a Chicago landmark in 2003. Curbed Chicago has more details on the rest of the hotel.

Virgin Hotel

203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 940-4440