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.
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.
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.
This striking, 14-story Loop landmark places guests directly on Michigan Avenue, providing easy access to Chicago highlights like the Museum Campus and Millennium Park.
Paris flirts with the Midwest at Sofitel’s North American flagship property. The 32-floor glass prism, Parisian-inspired restaurant (Café des Architectes), and sleek staircase in the lobby all create an understated elegance.
Previously Sutton Place Hotel Chicago
Fusing boutique-hotel modern with the historic architecture of the Printers Row neighborhood, the Blake’s 19th-century Morton Salt building façade leads to an of-the-moment lobby.
Situated directly above Water Tower Place, the Ritz-Carlton has an Art Nouveau—inspired lobby with a dramatic marble fountain and wall-to-wall windows framing views of the city below.
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.
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).