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.
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.
Following a $50 million renovation by renowned architect David Rockwell, the Fairmont Chicago has established itself as one of the Loop’s most popular hotels.
Formerly the Amalfi Hotel
Perched in the heart of downtown Chicago along the Chicago River, Trump International Hotel offers stunning views throughout all aspects of its 92-story frame.
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.
Overlooking the Magnificent Mile, the Omni Chicago Hotel is the only all-suites hotel on Michigan Avenue.
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.
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.