Here are the best hotels in Chicago no matter what your needs are: business, pleasure or the ultimate family escape.
The Waldorf Astoria Chicago's private courtyard entrance
As one of Chicago’s most renowned boutique hotels, the Waldorf Astoria offers an unmatched experience with custom stay enhancements and elevated in-room dining, offering everything from shareable plates to Champagne. The highlight: a premier Greco-Roman spa complete with soothing massage services and facials. 11 E. Walton St.
Nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast, this chic hotel has deep roots in Chicago history. Recline in a quiet, gilded atmosphere with sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the bustle of Michigan Avenue’s iconic shopping scene only steps away. Stay tuned: Live artists and performers are hosted regularly. 1301 N. State Parkway
A well-appointed suite at the 21C Museum Hotel
Steps from the Magnificent Mile, this much-anticipated, art-filled hotel recently opened its first Chicago location. Expect a stunning collection of 21st century art and a full slate of cultural programming. 55 E. Ontario St.
One of the finest hotels in downtown Chicago, this award-winning destination on the Mag Mile boasts posh accommodations, top-notch dining at Adorn, an on-site spa and luxury amenities like in-room martini service (or ice cream sundae service for the kids). 120 E. Delaware Place
Craft cocktails and unique eats abound at the Mesler bar and lounge.
Minutes away from the Museum of Science and Industry, Sophy Hotel takes on an opulent blend of sophisticated and eclectic aesthetics largely inspired by the passionate art, music and literature that embodies the Hyde Park neighborhood. Be sure to stop in at Mesler Kitchen for creative craft brews and local bites. 1411 E. 53 St.
With all guestrooms and suites having been completely renovated, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago—an icon along the Magnificent Mile since 1975—has completed the final phase of its grand transformation. Guests can indulge in superior luxury accommodations and blissful experiences, from dining at Torali Italian-Steak to relaxing treatments in The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Chicago to a lavish suite overlooking Lake Michigan. 160 E. Pearson St.
The Drake's Palm Court serves an exceptional tea.
Presenting the height of Roaring ’20s grandeur, The Drake remains ever iconic in high society. Expect the finest conveniences in deluxe guest rooms and refined getaway suites, along with tried-and-true culinary expertise of Palm Court’s afternoon tea service and Coq d’Or, the second establishment to obtain a liquor license in Chicago. 140 E. Walton Place
This elegant oasis just off Michigan Avenue has celebrated over 20 years in Chicago. The on-site spa just might be the city’s best, and rooftop destination Z Bar is a must-try. Insider tip: With its stunning views and tucked-away location, the 19th-floor pool is one of the city’s most tranquil places to take a few laps. Don’t believe us? In 2021, USA TODAY named The Peninsula the most romantic hotel in Chicago and the second-best holiday hotel in the U.S. 108 E. Superior St.
The Huber Palmer House lobby
A beloved Chicago landmark, Palmer House checks all the boxes of a lavish stay. Explore opulent ballrooms, indulge in specially curated spa treatments or sip expertly made cocktails at Lockwood Lobby Bar before attending an intimate in-house magic show. We recommend sampling a delectable Palmer House brownie, made with the same original recipe that first brought them to fame in the 19th century. 17 E. Monroe St.
Soaring 92 stories above the Chicago River, this premier five-star hotel offers a birds-eye view of downtown Chicago. Just steps from the historic Riverwalk and the exclusive shops of the Magnificent Mile, Trump Tower promises a stay of flair and pleasure, from a sumptuous 23,000-square-foot spa to fabulously inventive cuisine. 401 N. Wabash Ave.
Head to Sable at Navy Pier to dine at the largest rooftop bar in the world.
Combining world-class accommodations with unparalleled city views, Sable at Navy Pier, Curio Collection by Hilton is set to become one of the city’s hottest hotels. Enjoy access to spacious suites with Serenity beds, as well as bites from Latin-inspired eatery Lirica and Offshore Rooftop & Bar—the largest rooftop bar in the world. 900 E. Grand Ave.
A perfect place to relish the city, The Langham hotel hosts 268 guest rooms and 48 suites designed to comfort and enthrall, adorned with warm color tones, rich textiles, dark woods and gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows. Nosh on contemporary seasonal American cuisine at Travelle, or recline in an elevated cinema suite with an 111-inch screen and a theater-inspired private dining menu. 330 N. Wabash Ave.
A shining star just south of the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue, this fast-growing hotel outfit has taken residence in the stunning art deco landmark Carbide & Carbon Building and boasts 364 sleekly redesigned rooms and suites–plus Venteux, helmed by chef Joseph Mosconi. 230 N. Michigan Ave.
Photography by: BY JOHN MUGGENBORG; COURTESY OF 21C MUSEUM HOTEL CHICAGO; BY ALAN SHORTALL; COURTESY OF THE DRAKE; COURTESY OF PALMER HOUSE HILTON; COURTESY OF SABLE AT NAVY PIER