The hotel, which resides within the landmark, 52-story riverfront AMA Plaza, has a connection to art, with various works on display throughout the building. The Langham, Chicago was designed by the renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies’ spirit is especially prevalent in the hotel’s ground-floor lobby, which was designed as a tribute by his architect grandson Dirk Lohan.
The event commences with guests arriving at the bar and enjoying a cocktail from Travelle’s art-inspired cocktail collection. This cocktail menu transforms famous artwork into cocktails, such as the Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon cocktail: inspired by Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” this libation blends Belvedere pink grapefruit vodka, lavender syrup, and lime, then topped with prosecco and fresh mint.
For the next portion of the evening, The Langham, Chicago Concierge Philippe Gills leads an art tour throughout the hotel. During the tour, Philippe covers approximately 10 works of art including Ju Ming’s “The Gentlemen,” Virginio Ferrari’s “Ombre della Sera,” Carolyn Ottmers’ “Silver Pinecone,” Jaume Plensa’s “Anna,” as well as pieces from Peter Halley and Monique Prieto.
Each artist on the tour was intentionally selected based on a few binding principles that interlock the past, present, and future characteristics of the hotel. For example, Bauhaus-style art – which originated in Germany with an approach to art, design and architecture – connects to Mies van der Rohe, as he was the final Director of Bauhaus School in Germany. Additionally, many of the artists have a relationship with Chicago, and this artistic narrative will be explored throughout the tour. Hidden gems paying tribute to the city and special works commissioned especially for the hotel will also be highlighted.
After the tour concludes, guests enjoy an art-inspired dinner. The first course – Kampachi Crudo with Yuzu Kosho Beet Granita, Cucumber, Avocado, and Hyssop – is paired with Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon. The second course features Beef Striploin with A-1 Powder, Hon Shemiji, Broccolini Florets, Nasturtium, and Bordelaise, and is paired with Ciphers and Constellations (Angostura Bitter, Dr. Bird Rum, Mandarine Napoleon, Mandarin, Lime, Egg White). For dessert, guests enjoy Frutti Di Bosco with Poached Wine Cherries, Amaretto Zabaglione, and Forest Fruit Sorbet, paired with Spanish Physician (Numanthia Termes, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, and Varnelli Sibilla Amaro).
Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Travelle at The Langham, Chicago
$75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity
Space is limited; to make a reservation, please call 312.923.7705