The Best Hotels in Chicago

There’s a Chicago hotel for every traveler. Foodies will love Longman & Eagle for its pub, while fitness fanatics can use the old-school boxing ring at the Soho House. At the Peninsula, sports fans can even spot Bulls players working out in the gym.
Collected by Afar Magazine
Photo by Adrian Gaut
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Walk into the Freehand, a remodeled 1920s dive, and you’ll think it’s a millennial fantasy boutique hotel with its artisanal cocktail and coffee bars, and intensely curated wood-paneled clubhouse lounge filled with leather chairs, blue...
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
When the Waldorf Astoria took over the swank Elysian Hotel in 2012, it preserved the sumptuous room decor, the 14,000-square-foot spa, and the Greek Classicism–meets–French 1920s aesthetic. Located on the first 27 floors of a 60-story...
Photo courtesy of Thompson Chicago
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Thompson Chicago, housed in a contemporary high-rise in the heart of the Gold Coast luxury dining and shopping scene, was overhauled in 2013 by British designer Tara Bernerd. It offers a winning combination of modern-retro style, a...
Photo courtesy of The Langham, Chicago
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Opened in 2013 as the Hong Kong–based brand’s U.S. flagship property, the Langham, Chicago elegantly occupies the first 13 floors of the former IBM Building, a modern American landmark designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, whose views...
Photo courtesy of Longman & Eagle
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
In 2011, one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, Longman & Eagle, expanded into an inn with the creation of six rooms. The owners, two of whom run the music venue Empty Bottle, built and outfitted the whole place. Each of the rooms is...
Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Chicago
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The Park Hyatt Chicago, facing ever stiffer competition from newer luxury hotel entries in the Magnificent Mile orbit, nevertheless remains a great choice for families because of the central location optimizing sightseeing and kid-heaven treats....
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The James opened its doors in 2006 in one of Chicago's coolest design conversions at the time (it was formerly the Lenox Suites). Design tastes may have since evolved past the hotel’s wood, slate, and marble minimalism, but the James has...
Photo courtesy of The Peninsula, Chicago
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The 20-story Peninsula Chicago sits just off—yet feels distant from—the shop and tourist–congested Michigan Avenue. An elevator ride up to the fifth floor leads guests to one of Chicago’s grandest hotel lobbies. Marble...
Photo by Clare Britt
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
On a quiet residential street one block from the popular vintage shops, bars, and restaurants of Milwaukee Avenue, the Wicker Park Inn is one of the best values in Chicago, attracting an eclectic clientele of older couples, families who book the...
Photo courtesy of Soho House Chicago
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The skeleton of the new Chicago Soho House once belonged to a belt factory—and though the space has been luxuriously renovated and fit with plush leather chairs, over 250 pieces of art, chandeliers, and beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, the...
Photo courtesy of Virgin Hotels Chicago
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Virgin opened its first U.S. hotel in a 26-story, 1920s art deco tower. Originally a Chicago bank, the building’s high-ceilinged, second-floor hall has been transformed into the Commons Club, a socializing spot divided into a lounge, dining...
Photo courtesy of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Hyatt heir John Pritzker spared no expense repurposing the 1893 home of the Chicago Athletic Association into one of the city’s most original, not to mention best located, boutique hotels. Local architects Hartshorne Plunkard retained the...
Photo courtesy of Loews Chicago Hotel
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19 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
This purpose-built luxury high-rise hotel has 400 rooms in all, with natural light spilling through floor-to-ceiling windows onto modern, clean-lined furnishings done in ivory and gray tones. Higher floors offer spectacular...
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