As one of the largest cities in the US, Chicago will definitely be somewhere you’ve heard of, no matter how far away from it you are. Overlooking the stunning Lake Michigan, this city has the benefit of being an exciting, bustling metropolis with fantastic access to gorgeous countryside and lakeside activities.
Known for its museums, art, and culture, Chicago has several different vibrant neighbourhoods for you to explore, whether it’s the world-famous shopping street of the Magnificent Mile or the cultural hub of Hyde Park, where Barrack Obama used to live.
Whatever you’re here for, Chicago is an amazing city that will blow you away. We’re here to show you the best hotels to ensure you have the most comfortable and luxurious break possible.
1. The Langham
If you want to be close to the centre of the city while also being able to unwind, then this is the perfect choice for you.
The Langham boasts a brilliant wellness centre specialising in holistic treatments and Chinese medicine to help you to truly relax.
Location: The Langham is a luxury hotel located just two blocks away from the most famous street in Chicago: The Magnificent Mile.
You can access this shopper’s heaven after just a short walk from this towering hotel, which was designed by the great architect Miles van der Rohe.
2. Eurostars Magnificent Mile
If you’re looking for something stylish with a brilliant Locationand delicious food, this is the place for you.
There’s a spa on-site, as well as the stunning Apogee Lounge – a rooftop bar where you can take in amazing views of the city’s skyline.
Location: Just a five-minute walk from the Magnificent Mile and ten minutes from attractions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Navy pier, Eurostars is an excellent option if you want to explore Chicago’s bustling centre.
3. W Chicago – Lakeshore
With stunning views across Lake Michigan and the Navy Pier, you can drink in all Chicago has to offer while drinking a specialist cocktail from The Living Room bar.
There’s a fitness centre and indoor pool as well as Current, the on-site restaurant which offers you a brilliant range of Italian cuisine.
Location: Nearby attractions include Ohio Street Beach, or just seconds away is the campus of Northwestern University, one of the USA’s best colleges, ready for you to explore.
4. Hotel Lincoln
Across the street from Lincoln Park, this historic building has been renovated to combine the authentic with the stylish and make your stay as comfortable as possible.
It’s a little north of the main city centre, but don’t worry; it has attractions of its own just around the corner.
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo is just a ten-minute walk away, and the hotel offers bike rentals, so this is a great option if you’re bringing the kids.
The Lakefront Trail is also just a five-minute walk away, taking you along the banks of Lake Michigan and getting some of those stunning views Chicago is so famous for.
5. Claridge House
Every room at Claridge House is large and comfortable and features a spa-style ensuite bathroom for you to enjoy.
Juniper, the on-site restaurant, serves up a delicious breakfast and dinner. But if you want to head into the centre of town for your grub, you can get in easily by walking or taking the “L”.
Location: This hotel is situated in the trendy neighbourhood of Gold Coast, just a little north of the city centre.
Oak Street Beach is a stone’s throw away if the weather is good!
6. The Hoxton
This hotel is a little further out of town, which, of course, makes it cheaper, but by no means less luxurious.
It is trendy and stylish, with large rooms all equipped with flat-screen TVs and ensuites.
Location: It has great access to the Fulton River District, and the Chicago Board of Trade Building is just over a mile away, making it great for business trips.
Midway International Airport is just over eight miles away, so you can get here easily no matter how far you’re travelling.
7. The Blackstone
In downtown Chicago, you’ll find this beautiful historic building, with ornate carvings, painted ceilings, and stylish furnishings.
The on-site tapas restaurant will offer you a plethora of delicious Mediterranean delicacies, and the elegant rooms will make all your friends envious.
Location: Grant Park is just across the street as a lovely green space on the banks of Lake Michigan, with the beautiful Buckingham Fountain at its centre.
There are several L stops around for you to explore the city, but you’re within walking distance of the centre, too.
8. Chicago Athletic Association
Yet another gorgeous old building here, with fabulous facilities and quirky décor, all inspired by Athletics!
As you might guess, there is a top of the range sports centre and indoor bocce ball court, but there’s also a vintage 19th-century ballroom for you to have a fabulously flamboyant evening of drinks and dancing.
Eateries include the popular Shake Shack, as well as Cindy’s rooftop bar, boasting incredible views of Millennium Park.
Location: Just yards away from the hotel are attractions such as Chicago Art Institute. The nearest airport is Chicago O’Hare Airport, just over 15 miles away.
9. Loews Chicago Hotel
This is a prime example of modern architecture in Chicago. On top, you can observe all the fabulous buildings in the city from the rooftop bar lounge.
Location: You’ll be just a ten-minute walk away from Navy Pier, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and head over to Magnificent Miles to get some shopping done.
You’ll have a choice of two airports here, both very easily accessible – just 18 miles away from Chicago O’Hare, or 12 miles away from Midway International Airport.
10. The Robey
This stylish hotel is set in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighbourhood, which is slightly north of the centre of town.
Café Robey will nourish you, and Up & Up is a delightful rooftop bar overlooking the city, complete with a small swimming pool if you want to soak up some sun and keep cool.
Location: Although not quite in the centre, it’s just three miles away from the Magnificent Mile. You can either take a scenic walk through this leafy suburb or jump on the L.
If you fancy catching a game, the home of the Chicago Bulls at the United Centre is a 14-minute drive away, and the banks of Lake Michigan aren’t much further.
11. Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
Right at the heart of the centre of Chicago is this amazing building of angled glass, emulating the style you’ll find within it.
As it is made primarily out of glass, this hotel boasts a fantastic view across the city and out towards Lake Michigan. This is especially true of the aptly named Café des Architects, which serves up French-inspired cuisine, and Le Bar, which has floor-to-ceiling windows.
Location: The Art Institute of Chicago and Navy Pier are just two miles away; you can walk through the stunning city centre to either of these attractions.
12. Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago
Chicago is full of gorgeous old buildings, but this has got to be one of the most special. Why? Because of its dazzling crystal ballroom, with ornate carvings, shimmering chandeliers, and stylish 1920s style cocktail bar. On special nights, you’ll be able to listen to some fantastic jazz piano playing.
You’ll be treated to elegance and class during your stay here, so it’s perfect if you want something a bit more luxurious.
Location: Millennium Knickerbocker is found just steps away from the gorgeous Oak Street Beach or Holy Name Cathedral and Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art if you’re looking for a bit more culture.
13. Marriott Marquis Chicago
This huge hotel overlooks the southern part of the city. If you’re lucky, you should get some brilliant views of Michigan.
With over 90,000 square feet of meeting space, this is a brilliant hotel choice for a business trip or an event like a party.
Location: If you’re here for a bit of sight-seeing, jump on board at the Cermak McCormick Place Green Line Train into the city centre to see amazing attractions like Millennium Park and Navy Pier.
14. Sophy Hyde Park
Known for being ex-President Obama’s home neighbourhood, this is a trendy part of the city where you’ll get to know the culture and vibrancy of the city’s music, arts, and literature scene.
This feeds into the hotel itself, which features community-inspired artwork throughout its stylish seating areas and restaurant.
Location: This is a little out of the city centre but is well connected by public transport. If you do have a car, Millennium Park is just under a 15-minute drive away.
The hotels itself oozes luxury, and because it’s a little out of the centre, the price is a bit more affordable than our other recommendations.
Once again, you’ll be spoiled here by brilliant architecture from the world-famous Daniel Burnham.
With mosaic floors, marble ceilings, and a beautifully ornate staircase throughout, this boutique hotel is stunning both inside and out.
You can even bring your furry friends along; pets will be given beds and water.
There’s also a fitness centre and bike rental if you want to get around the city in a green way.
Location: Less than a five-minute walk away are the Institute of Art and eh Chicago Theatre. You’ll be right at the centre of this amazing city while being able to enjoy some of its most remarkable architecture.