With so many amazing hotels in Chicago to choose from, it can be difficult to decide on the perfect "home away from home" for your vacation. So why not just stay closest to all the things you want to see and do most? Here is a guide to the best Chicago hotels — by location! Pick your interest, and then book one of these recommended Chicago hotels nearby to make the most of your trip.
ARTS & ARCHITECTURE AFICIONADOS
It's easy to be wowed by the many arts and culture attractions in Chicago-not to mention the spectacular examples of architecture throughout the city. Stay in the legendary Palmer House - A Hilton Hotel, where ornate features by Louis Comfort Tiffany and paintings by Louis Pierre Rigal set the scene for this historic setting, and walk to nearby attractions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Center and the Chicago Architecture Foundation for a daily dose of culture.
Or, stay in the sleek glass and steel Trump Hotel Chicago, located close to iconic architectural attractions such as Marina City, The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and the DuSable Bridge.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway will love the luxury hotel options close to couple-friendly attractions. Plan a vacation in one of the sumptuously appointed historic suites at The Drake. From there, you can go for a walk along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, browse the upscale shops of The Magnificent Mile or dine at upscale eateries like Spiaggia.
Meanwhile, contemporary sophistication awaits at The Peninsula Chicago. Go skating hand-in-hand at the on-site ice skating rink (seasonal), watch a performance at nearby Lookingglass Theatre Company, or unwind with a couples' massage at The Peninsula Spa.
Bringing the whole family on your trip? You can't go wrong with Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, which is conveniently located to the many attractions of Navy Pier, including the Chicago Children's Museum. Plus, the hotel offers a special Kids Kamping Package for an in-room tent, toys, s'mores and more.
Or opt for a budget friendly option with Best Western Grant Park: its proximity to Grant Park, Adler Planetarium, The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium makes it an easy choice.
About 45 minutes outside of downtown, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg will have you right by to LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Woodfield Mall and the Water Works Indoor Water Park.
NIGHTLIFE & MUSIC ENTHUSIASTICS
For weekend warriors looking to party during their Chicago vacation, dance the night away at I|O Rooftop Lounge at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, located in the trendy River North neighborhood. Over in The Loop, theWit Hotel touts booming beats by electronic dance music DJs in the rooftop nightclub, Roof on theWit.
For visitors looking to stay active, book a room at W Chicago Lakeshore, where you can work out in the onsite fitness center, try a sunrise yoga session or enjoy a run or bike ride on nearby Lakefront Trail, a breathtaking 18-mile pathway along Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, Hotel Lincoln is conveniently located on the edge of Lincoln Park, with plenty of scenic pathways to explore.
Stay where all the retail action is when you book a stay at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile — yes, located on The Magnificent Mile, a shopper's dream come true. This luxury hotel housed in a 1920s historic building is just steps from The Shops at North Bridge, boasting 50 stores and 20 restaurants sprawling across six city blocks. Also located on The Magnificent Mile is The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago, conveniently situated across from the 900 North Michigan Shops and less than two blocks from Water Tower Place.
It doesn't matter what season you visit, Chicago always has some sports action. Book a room at the Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace to watch the Cubs at Wrigley Field and to play a round of golf at Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course (which also offers an indoor HD golf simulator for wintertime action). Hilton Chicago offers a close proximity to the outdoor sports fields at Hutchinson Field in Grant Park, as well as easy access to the Chicago Bears' Soldier Field.
From Broadway to ballet — and everything in between — Chicago has a renowned performing arts scene that will satisfy theatre lovers of all kinds. Stay at the Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago Theatre District, which is located inside the same historic building as the PrivateBank Theatre. Or book a room at the whimsical Hotel Monaco Chicago, which is close to all the Theatre District has to offer: particularly Goodman Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Harris Theatre at Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre.
Vying for an Instagram-worthy stay? Book a room at the recently opened Chicago Athletic Association hotel, boasting chic, historic décor and a lineup of dining and drinking hotspots, like the speakeasy-style Milk Bar and Cindy's Rooftop restaurant, which boasts unbeatable views. Virgin Hotels Chicago also features trendsetting foodie favorites, from The Commons Club to rooftop cocktail spot Cerise.