Nov 2, 2021 - Things to Do

Your secret downtown bathroom spots revealed

Bathroom sink.

The bathroom in the big Starbucks on Michigan Avenue is one of the nicest. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Sparked by the Chicago Tribune's story on the dearth of public bathrooms last month, we recently shared some of our secret downtown bathroom spots.

  • And when we asked for yours, you delivered a gusher of great locations just in time for downtown holiday visits and shopping.

πŸ₯ Northwestern Memorial Hospital has tons of bathrooms that anyone can use! Since it’s a hospital, they require and hand out masks at every entrance...And they keep the bathrooms super clean! β€” Mike R

🧳 Any hotel on S. Michigan Ave. has easy access, first floor bathrooms that are usually very clean. Also the Swiss and Hyatt hotels on East Wacker are accessible - private - and clean. β€” Andrea D

πŸ›’ The Mariano's grocery store at Monroe and Halsted [has]... spacious and clean restrooms. I often assuage my guilt by purchasing a fresh made-to-order smoothie, thereby assuring that I would need to find another within 2-3 hours! β€” Steve N

β˜•οΈ Second floor of the Virgin Hotels, upstairs from the Two Zero Three coffee shop at 203 N Wabash, is my go-to workplace and bathroom when I’m downtown. The coffee is good too. β€” Jeff W

πŸ“š The Harold Washington Library Center is huge and has lots of bathrooms and very long hours. β€” Ashley R

πŸš‚ The bathroom challenge is real - there are a few in the pedway at Millennium Station that are pretty amazing! β€” Carter O

🏒 Cultural Center, 4th floor. β€” Garry J

Reader Mr. Bill L. sent over a helpful list of great public bathroom locations, including:

πŸ’Š Walgreens at the Wrigley Building, 2nd floor

🏬 Shops at 900 N. Michigan, 2nd floor

🎷 Lobby of 680 Lake Shore Drive. 1st floor

🏒 Merchandise Mart 1st floor and off food court at 2nd floor

πŸͺ΄ Palmer House, 1st floor

🏩 JW Marriott Hotel 151 W. Adams 1st floor

🏨 W Hotel 172 W. Adams, in back, several steps down, and kind of hard to find but fun!

🚈 Union Station

🚞 Ogilvie Station

βš“οΈ Navy Pier after 6:30 am


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