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Mag Mile hotel brings ‘urban glamping’ to its 16th floor terrace

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You need not leave downtown to camp in style this summer

All photos by Collin Pierson Photography

While glamping—a popularized term for glamorous camping—is typically associated with luxurious hotel-like accommodations in a remote wilderness setting, one Chicago hotel is trying out the concept in the heart of the city’s densely populated downtown.

This summer, The Gwen Chicago will provide adventurous (and well-heeled) guests a unique opportunity to rough it in style in a dome-shaped tent perched at the edge of the Michigan Avenue building’s 16th-floor terrace. Decorated with a Boho-chic vibe, the space is illuminated by lamps and gilded lanterns and includes a queen-sized bed with custom linens and throw pillows.

Instead of mountains or towering trees, this one-of-a-kind glamp site is surrounded by some of Chicago’s most iconic architecture including the neo-gothic Tribune Tower and the famous skyscraper formerly known as the John Hancock Center. The 1,000-square-foot terrace boasts a fire pit for fixing s’mores and is attached to the hotel’s Gwen Lux presidential suite, which is also included in the package.

“We’re excited to be first establishment to offer this type of experience in an urban environment,” Marcus Cornelious, director of sales and marketing at The Gwen, told Curbed. “Guests have access to this unique designer tent as well as the six-person suite and hotel’s best amenities and services.”

Pricing is subject to fluctuations so Cornelious recommends that would-be glampers call ahead for an exact quote. That being said, guests can expect to spend roughly $5,500 per night for the experience. The price includes round-trip airport transportation, the s’mores spread, and a personal butler service.

The Gwen Chicago plans to offer its summer glamping package through September 30.