Lake House Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Named for a past mayor of Chicago, the DeWitt Hotel has a storied history. In past lives, the vintage 1924 building has served as a nurses dormitory, multi-family housing, and most recently, an 82-room extended-stay hotel. Following a total renovation of all 11 stories, the DeWitt will be reborn as Lake House Chicago.

A stone’s throw from the Lake Michigan shore and nestled within Chicago’s exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood, Lake House was created to provide guests with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere reminiscent of summers at the family lakeside retreat. Here the family, close friends, and neighbors gather to share stories and good times in a place that is a subtle blend of traditional charm and contemporary design—with a twist.

At the very center of the renovation of this property, developed by Saratoga Investors, a Chicago-based real estate development firm, is their commitment to re-establish Lake House as a gem of the Streeterville neighborhood by reflecting this area’s serene and stately qualities. Located in Lake Michigan’s curve, Lake House will become a retreat blocks from the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Across its 11 floors, Lake House will provide guests with a combination of traditional rooms, suites, and petite euro units reminiscent of fine European hotels, each designed and furnished to strike a balance between essential and minimal. Every guestroom has been thoughtfully planned using the principle of Omotenashi, a Japanese concept of hospitality meaning that every service is from the bottom of the heart – honest, no hiding, no pretending, and readily at hand.

Within an open plan, ground floor public spaces flow freely one to another from hotel lobby to game room to study, each space a new vignette for guests to relish. Appointed with paneled walls and a coffered ceiling that features a custom mural, these communal rooms appeal to a sophisticated traveler while being comfortable enough to put your feet up, read a book, do some work and feel at home. Among the hotel amenities are a rooftop balcony with views of the blue waters of Lake Michigan and a second-floor fitness area.

Eckenhoff Saunders provided architectural and interior design for the project slated to receive its first guest in the Spring of 2022. Along with the more refined design elements, the entire building received life-safety upgrades and a complete replacement of the elevators to bring the building infrastructure up to contemporary standards.


Client/Owner: Saratoga Investors

Contractor: Pepper Construction

Real Estate & Zoning: Daley & Georges

Civil Engineering: David Mason & Associates

MEP Engineering: IMEG

Structural Engineering: C.E. Anderson & Associates