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.
Hipsters unite at this trendy hotel that promises to “blow your mind, not your wallet.” Rooms are modern with Serta mattresses and spa-inspired bathrooms.
Location, location, location. Set in the heart of the Loop, this stylish boutique hotel is the gateway to downtown Chicago. Rooms are spacious, bright and modern with plush bedding, 42-inch TVs and a spa-worthy bathroom. The highlight: The trendy rooftop lounge with excellent skyline views.
Located in the center of the Magnificent Mile, standard rooms are contemporary and bright, with 27-inch flat screen TVs, an in-room coffee maker and floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase the skyline.
This River North hotel is all about Zen ambience. The lobby, done up with earth tones, a sleek fireplace and white quartz walls, has minimalist appeal, and that vibe extends to the rooms, with eco-chic design elements and “sustainable” art made from recycled materials.
Daniel Burnham’s Reliance Building, dating back to 1895, is one of the country’s first skyscrapers. This national historic landmark turned boutique hotel capitalizes on its status with classic features that exude Old World charm.
Hotelier Ian Schrager knows glamour, and The Public is a re-imagined Gold Coast hotspot—an au courant transformation of the historic see-and-be-seen Ambassador East Hotel.
Stylish—and situated smack in the middle of Lincoln Park—Hotel Lincoln profits from its prime location. The lobby and rooms are charmingly retro, giving a nod to the building’s Prohibition-era past (Al Capone operated a speakeasy on site).
Inspired by Cubism, Chicago’s newest boutique hotel is sleek and chic with spacious rooms, luxury linens, 46-inch LED TVs and state-of-the-art bathrooms.
Calling all hipsters: For a trendy getaway that won’t level your wallet, check into the Acme. Classic rooms are fine, but you should try to spring for the King Suite.
This high-energy, artsy boutique hotel has it all: spacious, bright rooms with a view; state-of-the- art technology; plush bedding and a spa-inspired bathroom stocked with amenities. But the 27th floor indoor/outdoor lounge is the highlight.
With 80-percent of its guest rooms considered suites, this spacious property is bursting with amenities such as cribs and high chairs, rentable tablets, and classic board games.
Built by the Chicago-based Pritzker family to feel like an extension of their home, the ambiance is alluringly residential. Their “VIC” program” (very important child”) provides kids with a backpack filled with fun, age-aware gear, and a menu of healthy options.
The Four Seasons is known for rolling out the welcome mat to families. There is always a standout amenity upon arrival (such as a coloring book), and an expertly-appointed kids’ clubroom. Here, the tykes will find everything from board games to movies and crafts.
The Peninsula’s top-notch service isn’t just reserved for high-rolling business travelers.
Known for its kids’ happy hour, hula hoops in the fitness center, and a signature Guppy Love program (rentable goldfish), Hotel Palomar doesn’t just tuck their young guests in a daycare.