Learn about Hotel Burnham and Atwood Cafe in the Chicago Loop
Daniel Burnham was no small thinker. He didn't tinker with the trivial. The man looked at the big picture, then added his own broad, brilliant brushstrokes. Today, the man's lofty genius is reflected in skylines around the world and those cities' soaring skyscrapers. The Hotel Burnham, where you'll find Atwood Cafe, was the first of Mr. Burnham's towering visions.
When Mr. Burnham, John Root and Charles Atwood revolutionized their world and downtown Chicago by creating the 14-story Reliance Building (Hotel Burnham) in 1895, they became fathers of the modern day skyscraper. Their approach, which included large windows, which serve as a primary exterior surface, also heralded a style of building design that is regarded as the "Chicago school" of architecture.
History of the Reliance Building, now Hotel Burnham
After more than a century, the building itself tells an amazing story: Merchants and professionals alike worked here for decades. Even though it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the Reliance Building fell into disrepair until Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants recognized its promise and completely restored and remodeled it into the 122-room Hotel Burnham you see today.
In designing Atwood Café, the Puccini Group paid special attention to that era of rebirth that Chicago experienced following the ruinous Great Chicago Fire. Art Deco details, rich hues and elegant wood floors create a room that is remarkably entertaining. To see up close, please take a moment to view our Gallery for photos of Atwood Café.