Joie de Vivre Chooses Chicago for Second Hotel Outside of California

The San Francisco-based boutique hotel company Joie de Vivre will open its first hotel in Chicago — and only its second hotel outside of California, where it operates more than 30 properties — in February 2012, it announced this month.

Located inside a historic landmark building in Chicago's upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood, the hotel will be known as Hotel Lincoln and will have 184 guest rooms, as well as a lobby bar and lounge, an onsite restaurant and a rooftop bar. Because none was announced, it remains unclear whether or not the property will offer meeting space.

"We're excited to bring Joie de Vivre hospitality to Chicago with the opening of Hotel Lincoln in Lincoln Park next February," said Joie de Vivre President and Chief Operating Officer Ingrid Summerfield. "Wherever we go nationally, Joie de Vivre will continue to create distinct properties that reflect their location and become part of the fabric of a community so our guests can enjoy genuine, multi-layered experiences."

Added Andrew Alford, owner and principal of Dirty Lines Design, the interior design firm hired for the project, "One of the guiding themes for the hotel is the idea of being 'connected.' We want guests to feel like they are staying in someone's home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The hotel will have a very residential feel with an eccentric-meets-collegial preppy style that will be realized through a mix of vintage and contemporary décor and artwork. Ultimately, we are creating a fun and welcoming environment that speaks to Lincoln Park's unique character and charm."

Joie de Vivre will launch its first property outside of California this fall, when it opens The Drinkwater hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz.