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20 HOTELS THAT ARE CLOSE TO EVERYTHING

Looking for the perfect Chicago hotel? Stay near the places you want to see most.

With so many amazing hotels in Chicago to choose from, it can be difficult to decide on which to select. 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 and interest! Pick your preferred travel experience, 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

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, walk hand-in-hand along Oak Street Beach right outside, browse the upscale shops of The Magnificent Mile or dine at upscale eateries like Spiaggia, the only four-star Italian restaurant in Chicago. 

Sophistication and a residential touch make Park Hyatt Chicago (photo at top) an ideal home away from home. Imagine it's your own pied-à-terre as you gaze out at the serene lake views from your guestroom, or book a window seat at NoMi Kitchen, voted one of the "Best Hotel Restaurants in the World" to watch the bustle of Michigan Avenue from above. The courtyard below also is a hub for horse-drawn carriages, so hop a ride for a twilight tour of the Gold Coast.

Meanwhile, the ultimate luxuries await at The Peninsula Chicago. Glide around 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. The secluded rooftop, Shanghai Terrace, makes an ideal nightcap in the warmer months: sip on a Rising Dragon, a sleek rose champagne cocktail with orange blossom water.

 

FAMILIES

Outdoor pool at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

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. The hotel offers a special Kids Kamping Package for an in-room tent, toys and s'mores; plus the outdoor pool is an added bonus!

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, Medieval Times and the Water Works Indoor Water Park. Not far is the MB Financial Park entertainment district in suburban Rosemont, just next to O'Hare Airport.

 

NIGHTLIFE & MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS

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.

 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS

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 run and walk, plus volleyball nets, kayak rentals and yoga classes all along North Avenue Beach.  

 

SHOPPERS

Grand Tower King Room at InterContinental Hotel Chicago

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.

 

SPORTS FANS

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. 

 

THEATRE LOVERS

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.

 

TRENDSETTERS

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 with a view, Cerise.


 

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