Exterior view of the entrance at The Whitehall Hotel

COVID-19 Update

Travel Advisory:


Chicago Travel Advisory Alert COVID-19 Update

The City of Chicago recently announced an incoming travel advisory that requires all individuals traveling from states with a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average, quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within a covered state. 


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Customers should review all federal, state, and local travel guides to confirm eligibility to travel. Due to government restrictions on travel, reservations may be subject to cancellation.


Should you become ill during your stay, please self-isolate, contact the Chicago Department of Public Health and notify the front desk immediately. We will promptly undertake additional COVID 19 protocols for your safety and the safety of other guests and employees.

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Please note: This page will be updated as needed. Policies, protocols and procedures are subject to change without notice. This is the most updated section of our website.  This page will list all services that are unavailable at the present time.  As services are returned to normal, you will find the updates here.  Please note, there may be areas on our website that have not been updated so please accept this page as the most up to date and any contrary data you may find on our site is outdated.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Whitehall Hotel is providing limited services.  Currently, our restaurant, Fornetto Mei, including all associated services like morning coffee, minibar, room service, and housekeeping services during guest stays are suspended until further notice.  Prior to your arrival date, please contact us for status updates for any additional changes that may be in place.




Hotel Hygiene - Our committment to safety & sanitization



Washing Hands & Hand Sanitizer


CDC guidelines govern employee procedures and protocols regarding handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer.  Handwashing with soap is our preferred method, but we have installed alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations throughout our work  and public areas. 


Face Masks - Required


During all times when in contact with guests and/or other employees, our employees must wear face masks.  Guests are requesed to wear masks when in public areas such as the lobby, elevators, any entrance and outside in the front of our hotel when you are unable to keep a safe 6 feet away from others.  Masks are requested at all times in our public areas which include but are not limited to, our lobby, front entrance, public washrooms, elevators, guest floor hallways.  


We have masks available at the Front Desk for any guests who desire one.


Employee & Guest Health Concerns


Responding swiftly and reporting to local health officials any presumed cases of COVID-19 at the hotel property is a staff-wide requirement.  Employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will remain home or will be sent home.  While at work, employees who notice a co-worker or guest exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will immediately contact a manager. 


Employee’s Responsibilities


General well-being checks of all employees are carried out daily.


Employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will remain home or will be sent home.  While at work, employees who notice a co-worker or guest exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will immediately contact a manager.


Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be immediately reported to local health authorities.  The confidentiality of the guest or employee will be protected as required by the ADA and HIPAA.




All employees have received COVID-19 training including facility sanitation protocols recommended by the CDC.  We frequently remind, retrain, and enforce our protocols with our staff.


Face Coverings and other protective steps


We follow CDC recommendations along with federal and local government regulations dictating the use of appropriate use of face covering, glove use, physical distancing, and cleaning/disinfecting.  These steps along with the use and disposal of PPE is posted and available to all our employees.


Cleaning and Disinfecting Products and Protocols


urfaces frequently to  All hight touch areas including public areas, guest rooms, washrooms, elevators, etc. are disinfected using the newest protocols with a disinfecting electrostatic sprayer.


Public Spaces


Surfaces frequently touched by multiple people are cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day.  Areas like the front desk counters, elevator buttons, door handles, public bathrooms, room keys, and pens are disinfected regularly multiple times throughout the day.  In the case of key cards and pens, they are disinfected after each use.


Guest Rooms


For guest and employee safety, guest rooms will not be entered by our Room Attendants to clean for stays of 5 days or less.  Our rates have been reduced to compensate for this.  If your stay is longer than 5 days, and you wish your room to be cleaned, you must schedule a convenient time at least 24 hours in advance.  Your room must be vacant for at least 3 hours for this cleaning process to take place.  Please see the front desk to schedule. 


Prior to your arrival, our cleaning and disinfecting protocols require that particular attention is paid to high-touch, hard 

non-porous items such as television remote controls, toilet seats and handles, door and furniture handles, water faucet handles, nightstands, telephones, light switches, thermostats, alarm clocks, luggage racks, flooring and other non-porous surfaces.



Linens, towels, and other laundry will be washed in accordance with the CDC guidelines, including washing items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

Back of the House

Cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch areas occurs in accordance with CDC guidelines, including at least twice per shift in high traffic areas.

Hotel Guest Elevators

Buttons, button panels, hard surfaces in elevator cars will be disinfected multiple times each day.


Physical Distancing


Physical Distancing & Queuing


As recommended by the CDC’s physical distancing guidelines, guests should practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from others not traveling with them.  Please monitor markers on the floor for appropriate distancing.


Guest Rooms


In anticipation of individual concerns of guests, the housekeeping staff will not enter a room during a stay.  Housekeeping will maintain the practice of cleaning and disinfecting rooms thoroughly following check-out.  Should you need additional bed or bath linen, please contact the Front Desk and they will arrange delivery to your door.


Meeting and Event spaces


Meeting and Event spaces are currently closed


Valet Parking


Valet Parking is currently unavailable, self-parking options are available.


If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 312-944-6300