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Freehand’s Chicago location is in the heart of River North, where you can find some of Chicago’s best restaurants, shops, and bustling nightlife. The funky boutique hotel is housed inside of a restored art deco building that dates back to 1927. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, Freehand has all of the amenities you desire.

It’s always a fun and exciting idea to spend a night or two in the Loop. During the day, you can appreciate the cadence of folks on their way to work or the casual attitude of strolling tourists, architectural enthusiasts and others who might just be taking their time to appreciate Chicago’s details. One of the best places to set up your home base for exploration is the J. W. Marriott Chicago on West Adams Street. Here's a profile of this architecturally-significant Chicago hotel below.

The 1929 landmark Art Deco Northwest Tower at the corner of Milwaukee, Damen and North Avenues has always intrigued passersby. Today this former office building is The Robey, a beautiful boutique hotel that deftly melds a storied past with modern hospitality, inviting visitors and locals alike to experience Chicago in a new way. Here are six reasons to book your next Chicago stay at the latest and greatest addition to Wicker Park, The Robey. 

The Hollander is one of Chicago’s top-rated hostels/hotels, located in Chicago's trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. It sits where Wicker Park meets Bucktown, making it the ideal location for accessing some of Chicago’s best nightlife and culture. It’s just steps away from the Damen Blue Line 'L' stop for ultimate convenience (to O'Hare airport and downtown), and a meeting place for travelers, with plenty of options for added privacy and comfort.

Frequent travelers know that a little extra room space can make a world of difference at the end of a long day of touring. Likewise, if you're traveling with little ones in tow, you know that designated space for sleeping kids is always a welcome amenity. But it can be difficult to dig through hotel booking sites to find larger, suite-style rooms. Now there's an online booking service that connects travelers with hotel suites and multiple room accommodations: Suiteness

Fieldhouse Jones

Many travelers, young and old, opt to stay in hostels to save money. If you’re used to a more luxurious travel experience, you might be turned off by the idea of a hostel. But Fieldhouse Jones is no ordinary hostel. Located between Chicago’s prime Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods, the building is part hostel, part hotel, part Airbnb, and completely unlike any other space in the city.

Sir Richard Branson came to Chicago in a big way and Virgin Hotels Chicago is another delightful reminder of his golden touch. (Quick note: he also appears in the introduction on the TV in each room, so he does make an “appearance” to each guest, in a matter of speaking.) In the past few years, the debut hotel brand has garnered buzz from a variety of outlets. It makes a perfect place to camp out for a brief trip to check out all that Chicago has to offer.

If you’re coming to Chicago from near or far, you may well enjoy the charms of being out and about in River North. It’s right next to the Chicago River (hence its clever name) and you can walk into the Loop or over to Michigan Avenue in just a few minutes. With a raft of lively bars and nightspots, there’s quite a bit to do. I’d recommend a stay at the lovely Kinzie Hotel, as the staff are welcoming and the amenities in the rooms are quite fine. 

Chicago is an architecture buff's playground—it's even, some have argued, the best architectural city in America. Stay overnight in the marvelous Alise Chicago Hotel while visiting the city, and you’ll be staying in a masterwork by Daniel Burnham, urban planner famous for his 1909 plan for Chicago, and architect of many great Chicago buildings, including the Columbian Exposition.

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