The Godfrey

Hot new lodging options are popping up all over the city - including the very first Virgin Hotel in the world. Here's a look at where to stay now, as well as a few places to keep on your radar for later this year.

The Godfrey

Status: Already open

The Godfrey

This 16-story, Cubist-inspired hotel opened its doors to the public on February 1st.  The new River North property includes a spa, 24-hour fitness center and free Wi-Fi, which is a rarity for many up-market hotels. But the biggest attraction - for guests and locals - seems to be the swanky IO Urban Roofscape, an indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge with a retractable roof and south-facing views of the Chicago skyline. (127 W. Huron St.)

Kinzie Hotel

Status: Already open

Kinzie Hotel

Formerly the Hotel Amalfi, the Kinzie Hotel opened in early February after a multi-million dollar renovation. The name comes from John Kinzie, the 19th-century explorer and silversmith known for being one of Chicago's original settlers. And the history doesn't stop there; the hotel's 215 rooms are decorated with vintage maps of Chicago's streets along with art from local artists. (20 W. Kinzie St.)

SOHO House

Status: Opening August

SOHO HouseThe West Loop will soon be home to the country's third Soho House (the other two are in Miami and New York). The exclusive, members-only hotel will have 40 rooms, a fitness center, a 40-seat screening room, a club floor and a glass-enclosed rooftop bar with an 80-foot swimming pool with views of downtown. On the ground floor there will be a spa, two restaurants and a bar, all open to the public (meaning, you won't need a membership to get in). And if none of the restaurants appeal, the hotel is just steps from Restaurant Row. (125 N. Green Street)

Virgin Hotel

Status: Opening Fall

Richard Branson is expanding his empire with the first Virgin Hotel, set to open in Chicago sometime this Fall. While the opening date is still uncertain, what we do know is that it will have 250 guest rooms, 40 one bedroom suites, two "rock star suites", a rooftop lounge and an underground spa. The hotel will open in the former Dearborn Bank building, and Virgin reps have said that they are working to restore the historic building's architectural details. (203 N. Wabash Ave.)

Hotel Indigo Chicago-Millenium Park

Status: Opening Late 2014

For their third Chicago property, Hotel Indigo is setting up shop just steps away from the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Millennium Park. Located in the 102-year-old Atlantic Bank Building (formerly the Federal Life Building), the hotel will work to maintain many of the structure's original features, while also adding four floors, bringing the total up to 16 stories. The hotel will also include a rooftop bar and a first-floor restaurant managed by celeb chef David Burke. (168 N. Michigan Ave.)