Hotels in Chicago
Hotels in Chicago can vary from major chains with solid reputations to small boutique hotels and budget-friendly lodgings. Many of them are located on or near the waterfront, making for spectacular views and easy access to many of the city’s tourist attractions. Chicago’s Four Seasons is located just a few steps from North Michigan Avenue (a.k.a. the Magnificent Mile), Chicago’s prime shopping street, and it offers unparalleled views of Lake Michigan and the city’s skylines. Amenities include a 50-foot indoor swimming pool, an impressive art collection, and a 24-hour concierge.
The Drake has long been considered one of the best hotels in Chicago. Since the 1920s, it has been a Chicago original: with a sumptuous interior and first-class amenities, the hotel still retains its Old World charm – it even still has elevator operators. The determinedly modern James Hotel – a Travel + Leisure award winner – is also located near the Magnificent Mile, and this boutique Chicago hotel is perfectly situated for the traveller who wants to take it all in. It’s conveniently located near public transportation, as well as tourist attractions like Millennium Park and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and features an award-winning restaurant, David Burke’s Primehouse.
Finding what looks like the interior of a seaside resort in the middle of this swanky Gold Coast neighborhood can be a little disorienting, but as soon as the blue-and-white sailor-striped décor begins to make you forget the city outside, the genius of the beach concept becomes apparent.
Situated above the 900 North Michigan Shops, this French-inspired hotel is located on floors 30–46 of a skyscraper just off Michigan Avenue.
Built in 1923 and featuring a grand, hushed lobby topped with a ceiling mural of clouds in the sky, the Belden-Stratford offers the “Eloise at the Plaza” experience without the crowds and noisy streets of a downtown hotel.
Rising 67 stories above Michigan Avenue, the Park Hyatt Chicago is within a five-minute walk of major attractions like the John Hancock Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The hotel has an urban-chic vibe that begins in the lobby, where huge black columns make a striking first impression.
Swiss efficiency in downtown Chicago with services geared for business travelers (there's a new 38,000-square-foot event center).
Set in the midst of the city’s trendiest neighborhood, this 1890’s row house is all about the choice location.
Set in a renovated, ivy-covered Victorian townhouse, originally constructed in 1873, this bed-and-breakfast is located just four blocks from the Magnificent Mile.
An aerial view of Chicago's most popular strand, the North Avenue Beach, might lead one to conclude that a massive ocean liner washed ashore in mint condition.
With a history dating back to 1928, the Whitehall Hotel is housed in a former luxury apartment building only half a block from the Magnificent Mile.
Opened in April 2006, The James marries a residential vibe to a hotel setting. To evoke an apartment style, all of the 297 contemporary rooms have a separate dining area with plasma screen TV’s; some include a separate living area with oversize couches, coffee tables, and Eames chairs.
Built in 1929 to serve as the Medinah Athletic Club for the Shriners organization, this Magnificent Mile landmark has been renovated using the club’s 1930 yearbook as a guide and by employing state-of-the-art restoration techniques.
As the preferred stop for visiting heads of state, the Drake is the grande dame of Chicago hotels, with a prime location, storied history, white-glove service, and of course a distinguished guest list.