The Godfrey Hotel is quite possibly the most architecturally distinctive contemporary hotel in Chicago. When construction began, an entirely different building was planned, but the recession caused the project to stall in 2008. The hotel finally opened in early 2014. It has an industrial-chic, Cubism-inspired exterior and luxurious modern interior. The hotel has an enormous rooftop event space—the I|O Urban Roofscape—with skyline views, a two-level fire pit and water features under a retractable roof.