If you crave luxurious accomodations near Chicago’s prime attractions, your only challenge will be winnowing down your choices. Five-star hotels abound in downtown Chicago, with many tucked neatly into the tony Gold Coast and River North neighborhhods. Here, guests get easy access to the lakefront and the Magnificent Mile—the city’s most chic shopping district. With the backdrop of generation-defining buildings from Mies Van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, it’s not surpising that Chicago has just said no to chintz. Instead, hoteliers smartly reflect the city’s architectural heritage, creating rooms that are at once spacious, bright and sleek; punctuated occasionally with a charming undertone of Midwestern warmth. Of course, it’s the details that make these spots worth their stars, from pre-arrival grocceries to in-room spa treatments. Request a curated menu for dinner, or a room with a killer view of the Sears Tower. These luxury hotels pull all their strings to make certain certain visitors never forget the Windy City.
Trump International Hotel Tower
Straddling River West and The Loop, Trump delivers the city’s most incredible vistas. From every vantage point an icon awaits, but the best view is from The Terrace. Here, guests sip uncommon cocktails (try the Secret Lotus with shochu, grapefruit liqueur, rooibos, lemon and rose water) under the shadows cast by the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. Shimmering metallic rooms feature full kitchens and their own breathtaking views.
The Peninsula Hotel, Chicago
The Peninsula is a magnet for VIPs who want top-notch service delivered in a tactful, low-key manner. Forget dialing reception: a convenient bedside panel controls temperature, lighting, and music. If you can drag yourself away from you personal paradise, the Magnificent Mile is easily accessed by prviate chauffeur in the BMW house car.
The Four Seasons, Chicago
This hotel, a longtime favorite for discerning travelers, soars above the upscale 900 North Michigan shops for easy access to shopping and the lakefront. Room service is exceptional. A visit from the Martini Man can be arranged for customized cocktails at happy hour, while the kids are occupied with a made-to-order treat from an old school ice cream man.
Park Hyatt Hotel, Chicago
Built by the Chicago-based Pritzker family as an extension of their home, the ambiance in this 67-story hotel is alluringly residential. Public areas feature lounges stocked with tea and pastries, while guestrooms are sophisticated with a cozy window seat for cityscape gazing. The NoMI spa is a deserved distraction from the frenetic city—reserve a body polish or massage, complete with a sweet bite and signature sip.