A major part of the experience of visiting Chicago is checking out one of the city’s unique and restful hotels. There are hundreds of hotels and hundreds more motels ringing the city, so before you choose where to stay, consider what you’re looking for in a room for the night. Do you want to horde your pennies or live it up in a luxury suite? Do you value amenities such as a dip in the pool or a run in the gym, or do you just want to munch on a continental breakfast before you hit the city?
Some lodging options encourage getting to know the folks
you’re staying with. Hostels usually mean close quarters and shared sleeping
rooms. Boutiques have welcoming gathering rooms, where the chic and trendy can
compare notes before setting off on their adventures. If you’re in the city
with a friend or a romantic friend, you may wish to party in the clubs or
settle in for a night of romance, while families visiting town only want to
find rooms and suites that will satisfy every member of the group.
Whatever your goals, you should be aware of how amenities
will affect your stay. If you’re downtown, you may benefit from a valet, a bell
hop, and a concierge all vying to provide you with services that further your
enjoyment, your relaxation, and their tip earnings. On the other hand, staying
out of the heart of the city in a motel could mean you unload directly from
your car to your room and your access to amenities, if there are any, is
accessed through outdoor corridors.
Whether you like historic or new buildings, hotels towering or cozy, Chicago offers it all. Check out some of these options and discover a hotel that best suits your needs in the Windy City.
Featured Chicago Hotels
Tucked along the north side of the Chicago River, Sheraton Grand is just steps from the River Esplanade, with nearby Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier just a few blocks to the east. Plus, there are five on-site restaurants and an indoor pool.
Two blocks from Ohio Street Beach and the Chicago lakefront, Hotel EMC2 offers stylish accommodations in Streeterville. Local artwork charms along with thoughtful amenities, like a chic coworking space and popular on-site restaurant, The Albert. And, you’ll have two robotic assistants on hand at all times.
The Warwick Allerton Chicago is situated on Magnificent Mile in one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. The jazz-era building will take you to simpler times, with luxe amenities like an on-site lounge and in-room massage services. There are plenty of modern perks too, like new HD televisions and iHome docking stations.
Trendy decor meets sophisticated amenities at the Cambria Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile. The location is pretty tough to beat as well, just steps from Magnificent Mile and close to the Chicago lakefront. Take advantage of the on-site cafe and gastropub for eats at any hour.
Viceroy is a five-star hotel in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. In the former home of the 1920s era Cedar Hotel, Viceroy today offers unadulterated luxury in the form of Michilin Star dining, a rooftop pool and lounge, and an on-site Tesla to take you around in style.
Steps from the Chicago River and Theatre District, Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel offers luxury accommodations in an unbeatable location. There are also some pretty slick amenities, like an indoor pool, rooftop bar, and on-site fitness and business centers. Rooms offer views of the River or Chicago cityscape, and you’re only a few blocks from Millennium Park.
Situated in the historic Carbon and Carbide Building, the St. Jane hotel is one of the newest places to stay in Downtown Chicago. Just blocks from the Chicago River, the Art Deco building is equally stunning inside. For the most luxurious experience, reserve a room in The Tower on floors 24 and up.
Located near where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan, the Swissotel offers four-diamond accommodations in the heart of downtown. The all-glass building offers impressive views of the city, Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, and Magnificent Mile. You can take in more sites from the 43rd-floor fitness center, as well.
The Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago Theater District boasts prime real estate next to Hamilton in the heart of downtown. Perks include a free hot breakfast, a 24-hour gym and complimentary WiFi. Additional amenities for families make this a great option for groups.
A stone’s throw from Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago, the Silversmith Hotel boasts an unbeatable location. That, coupled with a sophisticated design, trendy on-site restaurant, ample business services and complimentary WiFi make it worth the price.
Stay in the lap of luxury like the elite members of Chicago’s Gilded Era at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, tucked alongside Millennium Park. Once a members-only retreat for the rich and famous, today the classic architecture, on-site eateries and unparalleled service is open to all.
Tucked in Chicago’s business district just south of the Riverwalk, Virgin Hotels Chicago believes in work hard, play hard. Amenities offer equal amounts of business perks with after-hours entertainment at its swanky bar and rooftop club. Plus, you can book a room specially catered to your pup.