hotel art gallery

The Annex: Chicago's First Hotel Gallery Concept

Chicago’s first-ever hotel gallery concept has arrived at Hotel Chicago West Loop. When you stay at our West Loop hotel, you’ll find a carefully curated collection of work from both renowned and emerging artists. Our hotel wall space does more than outline guest rooms - it gives art an environment to live and breathe.

About The Annex

We strive to deliver more than a relaxing, comfortable hotel stay for our guests. We want to bring you a rich, cultural experience. Using the dimensions of our halls and lobbies, we have created a hotel gallery that propels our square footage to its maximum potential. The Annex is more than an eclectic, unique curated art gallery - it’s a reflection of the vibrant West Loop and the essence of the personal, distinct service we provide at Hotel Chicago West Loop.

Current Featured Display

Currently on display we have the seductive, adventurous photography of Helmut Horn. It begins in the lobby, where a series of underwater nudes explore the variations between light and dark.

The journey into Horn’s work continues on the first floor, where visitors experience Horn’s now extinct Cibachrome process in selections from his Polaroid Impressionism collection. By manipulating images before the emulsion dried, Horn was able to achieve an idyllic yet imperfect effect.

Second Floor Permanent Collections

Selections from the Permanent Collection may be found on the second floor; Horn collected these works from around the world and included samples from a range of genres, from portraits to landscape to still-life. The aesthetic is elegant and moody, seductive yet gritty.

Third Floor Collections

Horn’s experimental works continue on the third floor with his Beauty and the Heart series. Exposing 35mm film to sunlight, Horn was able to achieve deep blues that contrast with the rich reds he developed by exposing the same film to incandescent light.