The Fairfield is one of three new White Lodging hotels at Illinois and Clark streets. We stayed at all three shortly after they opened, and though we preferred the Aloft Chicago City Center for its hip atmosphere and the Hyatt Place Chicago/River North for its spacious rooms, the Fairfield is a perfectly acceptable option. The Fairfield rates are slightly below the other two (from $169 a night, compared to $179 at the Hyatt and $189 at Aloft). However, parking is steep at all three—$60 for valet or $45 to self-park for 24 hours. The location of all three is excellent, within easy reach of attractions like Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park.
The lobby is sleek and modern with brightly colored furniture and rugs and plenty of conversation areas; a Corner Market on the main floor sells grab-and-go foods. With two queen beds, our room felt small, but included a flat-screen TV, mini fridge, coffeemaker and other amenities. (Some rooms include sleeper sofas and expanded floor plans.) Light sleepers should request a higher floor or a room on the backside of the hotel; there’s a fire station right across the street out front. A complimentary breakfast served on the second floor features a typical selection of hot and cold items. The Fairfield shares a basement fitness room with the Hyatt.
The hotel had been open just two weeks when we stayed, and we encountered a couple of glitches. There was no electrical plug near the desk, and the air-conditioning vent in our room blew directly at the bed. We were told both issues would be addressed.