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The best hotels in Chicago

The best hotels in Chicago have all the amenities you want and more to make your stay worth writing home about

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The best hotels in Chicago run the gamut, whether you want plush surroundings with incredible rooftop bars or prefer to spend the night in an artsy spot that reminds you of the city's best museums. You won't go hungry at these fine accommodations either. These hotels are home to some of the best restaurants and bars, too. 

The best hotels in Chicago

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Peninsula Chicago

This swanky icon spells luxury all the way, from its distinguished art collection to the award-winning spa and fitness center. High-tech bedside control panels in rooms, afternoon tea in the lobby and grand fireplaces in the bar are just some of the hotel’s perks.

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Streeterville
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Langham Hotel

With views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, a top-notch restaurant, a massive ballroom and 316 spacious rooms and suites, it's not surprising that The Langham is often recognized as one of the best hotels in the country. The Langham opened in the summer of 2013, and it is the world's only hotel in a Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe–designed building.

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River North
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Chicago Athletic Association

To say the restored 1890s Chicago Athletic Association is beautiful is to put it mildly. Stay in one of the 241 luxury boutique rooms—throwbacks to the club rooms of athletic associations long gone. From the unparalleled view of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan at Cindy’s rooftop restaurant to more great food and drinks at Cherry Circle Room and even Shake Shack, there’s no shortage of options. You’ll also love the Game Room, where you can play bocce, shuffleboard and billiards.

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Loop
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LondonHouse Chicago

There was quite a hubbub when London House finally opened in 2016. Sitting on Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River, the historic landmark building is now part beautiful hotel and part high-end restaurant. Plus, LondonHouse features Chicago’s only tri-level rooftop bar. Guest rooms are spacious and include free Wi-Fi, large work stations and, of course, large flat-screen TVs. Many rooms also have unbeatable views of the city skyline. Other amenities at LondonHouse range from the 24-hour fitness center to flexible meeting spaces. High in the sky, the on-site restaurant offers up an experience like no other, with reimagined regional cuisine and cocktails from a terrace overlooking the Chicago River.

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Loop
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Godfrey Hotel Chicago

From its striking cubist facade down to the stylish and modern interiors, the Godfrey Hotel Chicago lives up to its four-star status from the get-go. Situated in the heart of River North and within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile, the hotel is an ideal starting point for a day out on the town. Amenitites include a spa and 24-hour fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi and an indoor-outdoor urban roofscape with a full-service bar and dining options.

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River North
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The James Hotel

A seamless integration of boutique and luxury, the James Hotel is just off Michigan Avenue in Chicago's River North. The James features artwork and fittings by local and internationally acclaimed artists, a 24-hour fitness center, a full-service spa, on-site steakhouse, Primehouse and craft cocktail lounge, JIMMY Chicago.

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River North
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Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel

Wellness and luxury rolled into one neatly presented four-star boutique hotel, Hotel Palomar Chicago is a River North treat minutes from shopping and nightlife. You'll also find a 24-hour fitness center, in-room spa services, 24-hour business center, pet-friendly accommodations, a heated indoor pool and a complimentary evening wine hour. Sable Kitchen & Bar dishes up New American cuisine and also services the 24-hour hotel room service.

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River North
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Virgin Hotels Chicago

The Virgin is a dream hotel for people into design and technology, with an app to control the room temperature and a Tesla that offers free rides to guests (call ahead). You may never want to leave your room—it has free Wi-Fi, heavenly soft robes, pour-over coffee and a rainforest showerhead—but you should, as there’s so much to explore throughout the hotel itself. Hit the “social hour” at The Commons Club any night at 7pm for all the free cocktails you can drink, or kick back at Two Zero Three Coffee and Wine Bar, the coffee shop that looks out onto Wabash Avenue. Of course, there’s also Miss Ricky’s diner-style restaurant for brunch or lunch, and the hip rooftop club, Cerise, for dancing. Then there’s The Marquee, an elegant venue where you can reserve a table by the windows to take in the skyline. 

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Loop
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Kimpton Burnham Hotel

This Loop hotel, on the National Register of Historic Places and built in 1895, morphed from the Reliance Building into the Hotel Burnham in 1999. Designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham, along with Charles Atwood and John Root, the building still features the original ornate grillwork on the elevators. It's the perfect stay for visiting architecture buffs.

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Loop
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The Gwen

The Gwen Hotel opened in September 2015 in one of the rare landmark buildings of Art Deco–infused architecture along the Magnificent Mile. The hotel is connected to The Shops at North Bridge and offers easy access to popular attractions in the Loop. The rooms are handsomely appointed, and the hotel itself is leaning into the artistic connection of its new name, complete with an "Artist-in-Residence Program." 

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River North
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Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Towering 92 stories over the Chicago River and the Magnificent Mile, the Trump International Hotel and Tower boasts several high-flying stats: It's the third-tallest building in Chicago, one of 10 hotels in the world with a five-star Forbes Ratings for both its hotel and restaurant and houses the second-highest residences in the world, topping Chicago's own John Hancock Tower. Housed within this boutique luxury hotel are Sixteen Restaurant, serving a modern American menu, sushi restaurant Reba and a seasonal rooftop terrace bar. There's also a spa, health club and large indoor pool within, neatly topping off the offerings at this River North hotel.

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River North
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Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

The radical prism-shaped design of this 32-story building by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier is a striking addition to the Chicago skyline. The hotel opened in a plum Gold Coast location in 2002, with 415 sleekly designed rooms featuring spacious marble bathrooms. As French as the croissants baked daily on the premises, the Sofitel offers haute cuisine in a cool, modern setting at the stylish Café des Architectes. 

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Rush & Division
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Thompson Chicago

Clean mid-century design and effortless luxury in the heart of Chicago, the Thompson Hotel Chicago is a boutique centerpiece in the Gold Coast. The hotel's amazing restaurant, Nico Osteria, offers authentic and light italian seafood while in-house bar and gathering space Salone Nico serves crafted cocktails and a fine Italian and Meditteranean wine list. The hotel features an on-site fitness center, too.;

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Gold Coast
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The Talbott Hotel

Located between the famed dining and shopping scenes on State and Rush streets in Chicago’s Gold Coast, The Talbott Hotel features an on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi and luxury accommodations. Guests can also access Equinox, a comprehensive fitness center nearby. For breakfast, lunch or dinner, stop in the Talbott Restaurant.

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Rush & Division
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Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Those who’d rather not penny-pinch on their next staycation can go all out at this Gold Coast hotel, where the guest rooms average 890 square feet. It’s all about the finer things in life here, so expect marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, vanities with inset LCD televisions, beds covered with 460-thread count sheets, furnished terraces and cozy fireplaces in each room. Elsewhere in the hotel, you’ll find the Spa & Health Club, featuring traditional spa services like facials and massages, DreamDry (founded by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, offering all kinds of glamorous styling services), and a mosiac-tiled, saline-water-filled lap pool.

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Rush & Division
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Four Seasons Hotel

The public spaces are decked out with Italian marble, glittering crystal and exquisite woodwork; rooms and suites come with classy furnishings, high-end toiletries and twice-daily maid service. Have dinner and drinks at Allium, a contemporary American restaurant in the hotel, and you won't be disappointed.

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Acme Hotel Company Chicago

Opened in 2013, the ACME cultivates a hipper, younger and more affordable vibe than the chain or high-end hotels in River North. The elevators are lined with album covers by the likes of Neko Case and Lady Gaga, and the rooms feature bold wall art and funky fixtures (including a glowing red "lipstick print" embedded in the bathroom mirrors). Amenities include the "Morning Joe" service, a complimentary thermos of freshly brewed coffee from the downstairs West Town Bakery dropped off outside your door at a time you request the night before. Room service is also "knock and drop"—no tipping or human interaction required. There's a small workout area and a spa area with hot tub and sauna in the basement level. 

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River North
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Renaissance Blackstone Chicago

This gorgeous hotel, first opened in 1910, has had an intriguing run so far. Many U.S. presidents have stayed there (including Teddy Roosevelt), it was a favorite hangout of Al Capone and his cronies, and Maharishi Yogi, the Beatles' personal guru, once owned the building. Now it's simply one of the most beautiful hotels in the Loop and a favorite for bands playing at the nearby Lollapalooza music festival in August. Don't miss the attached Spanish small-plates restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa.;

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Loop
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Kinzie Hotel

In Chicago’s River North, this boutique hotel is within five minutes’ walk of shopping and dining on the Magnificent Mile. Guests can book in-room massage services and enjoy a continental breakfast during their stay. Public House serves as the hotel restaurant and offers in-room dining as well. Every evening guests are welcome to enjoy a nightly reception in the Double Cross Lounge, which offers each guest one complimentary drink per night and an assortment of hors d'oeuvres. You can also access a 24-hour fitness center.

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Near South Side
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Loews Chicago Hotel

Opened in March 2015, the Loews Chicago Hotel occupies the first 14 floors of a 52-story building just north of the Chicago River, with 400 rooms within walking distance of Michigan Avenue. The Streeterville location is also home to Rural Society (a contemporary Argentine steakhouse), an indoor pool and (most exciting for locals) a rooftop lounge.

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Park Hyatt Chicago

Little expense has been spared at this 198-room Magnificent Mile property, housed in the lower third of a slender, 67-story residential tower. The walls and halls are home to an estimated $23 million worth of artwork; a scent expert created signature smells to waft through the modern lobby and NoMI, the much-lauded restaurant. Guest rooms come equipped with a DVD player, flat-screen LCD TV and iPod connectivity.

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Silversmith Hotel & Suites

This 144-room boutique hotel on Jewelers Row is an architectural gem. The late 19th-century Arts and Crafts style is evident outside and in, with wrought-iron pieces adding accents to the comfortable decorations in each room. Guests can get their sweet fix during the complimentary dessert hour.

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Loop
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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

In Chicago’s Lakeshore East neighborhood, this luxury hotel is located in the modern Aqua building. You'll have free Wi-Fi, and you can even see Lake Michigan and the surrounding parks in every contemporary room. A seasonal outdoor pool with a sundeck and fire pits is provided, and the health club features an indoor pool, basketball court and well-equipped fitness center. Filini serves Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in an upscale atmosphere.

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Loop
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Ritz Carlton Chicago

Located atop the famous Water Tower Place in Chicago’s Gold Coast, this hotel offers artfully decorated guest rooms that feature city or lake views from large windows. The luxury shops and restaurants of the Magnificent Mile are just steps away, while each room also includes a spacious marble bathroom. Guests can enjoy an aquatic workout in the temperature-controlled, four-lane lap pool or relax in the on-site spa. Guests can also use the modern fitness center.

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Longman & Eagle

Recommended

Longman & Eagle is well-known in Chicago for its Michelin-starred restaurant and OSB (Off Site Bar), but its small hotel overhead is a seriously amazing hidden gem. Across from the Logan Square Blue Line, this cozy little getaway—it has just six rooms—is super convenient and feels like home (only way cooler). The rooms have a modern-rustic vibe with exposed brick, wood accents and unique art in each space. Aside from the standard hotel accommodations (plus plush upgrades like a classic, stand-alone tub and an oversized shower), Longman has quirky throwbacks like a cassette player and a collection of mixtapes for listening in your room. 

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Logan Square

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