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.
Located right on the Chicago River and just a short walk from Michigan Avenue, this 20-story hotel features an exterior of polished granite and glass that seems indistinguishable from the towers surrounding it.
Architect Lucien Lagrange created this 60-story skyscraper (formerly the Elysian) in the style of a 1920s Parisian grand hotel, complete with a brick porte-cochere for elegant arrivals and departures.
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.
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.
Overlooking the Magnificent Mile, the Omni Chicago Hotel is the only all-suites hotel on Michigan Avenue.
Situated above the 900 North Michigan Shops, this French-inspired hotel is located on floors 30–46 of a skyscraper just off Michigan Avenue.
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.
From complimentary companion goldfish (yes, bowls are included) and GM-led Segway tours to in-room spa treatments, guests don't have sacrifice personal touches for convenience at this downtown Loop boutique hotel, which overlooks the Chicago River.
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 you walk into the Peninsula, the concierge and receptionist greet you by name; classical music plays when you enter one of the 339 rooms; and your bedside table has a control panel to manage the lighting, deactivate the doorbell for privacy, and alert housekeeping when you want service.
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.
The Hyatt Regency on Magnificent Mile is one of the city’s largest hotels with 2,019 guestrooms and 228,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The location is prime for sightseers, since it's only a few blocks away from Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue, and Millennium Park.