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.
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Photo courtesy of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604, 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 Venetian...

Photo by Adrian Gaut
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 settees,...

Photo courtesy of The Langham, Chicago
330 N Wabash Ave, 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 of the city’...

Photo courtesy of Loews Chicago Hotel
455 N Park Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Thispurpose-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 inivoryand gray tones. Higher floors offer spectacular views of Lake Michigan and...

Photo courtesy of Longman & Eagle
2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, 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
800 N Michigan Ave, 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....

Photo courtesy of The Peninsula, Chicago
108 E Superior 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 floors and gilded 20-foot...

Photo courtesy of Soho House Chicago
113 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607, 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 hotel...

Photo courtesy of Thompson Chicago
21 E Bellevue Pl, 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 Virgin Hotels Chicago
203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, 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 room,...

Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Chicago
11 E Walton 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 luxury...

Photo by Clare Britt
1331 N Wicker Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, 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...

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