Looking for the word’s best public toilet? Look no further than the Windy City. The ultra-clean Chicago museum toilet with a calming night sky decor was named America’s finest place to answer the call of nature Thursday.
The Chicago Field Museum’s two family friendly restrooms were winners of the annual best public toilet contest run by workplace supplies company Cintas. Patrons enjoy “artwork of a beautiful night sky, a calming image that also absorbs sound,” the winning citation said, also referring to mini-toilets for children and rigorous hygiene. The Field Museum officials say their prized areas are cleaned every hour for their 3,500 daily visitors.
Runners up included an extravagant and colorful affair at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel and a sleek number in Arizona’s Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, where the lighting constantly shifts color. Taking fourth place was the Don’s John, a luxury restroom trailer commissioned for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration — although it is not confirmed that the president inaugurated the Don’s John himself.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.