Staying in Style Leads Straight to Chicago's Top Downtown Hotels

Many of Chicago’s top attractions are located downtown or near access points to downtown so staying at a hotel in the Loop or neighboring Streeterville or Gold Coast makes it a convenient home base for visitors.

Right in the Loop and within a few short blocks of the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Grant Park and Willis Tower are the Blackstone Hotel, Palmer House Hilton, Hard Rock Café, Hotel Allegro, theWit and Trump International Hotel and Tower. Just east of Michigan Avenue is Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel which is worth a visit even if not staying there because of the architecture.  

Jump over the Chicago River (or take the bridge, if that’s easier) and head north to the Magnificent Mile. In the Streeterville area, home to the John Hancock building and Water Tower are the Sofitel, Peninsula Hotel and the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Each of these Chicago hotels varies widely in cost and offers a range of amenities from spa and yoga studios to kid-friendly activities.

Since Chicago’s Loop area is designed on a grid, it’s easy to navigate by foot or cab. Parking in or near hotels is not inexpensive, especially for overnight parking, so if you don’t need to bring a car, leave it behind and opt to use public transportation, walk or take a cab.


Want to spend the night with AC/DC? Each floor at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago is themed to a particular rock band or musician. The hotel is conveniently located on Michigan Avenue within walking distance to many of the city's attractions...  Read More

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
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With its location on the Chicago River and close proximity to Michigan Avenue, Trump Tower has one of the best views of Chicago's skyline. At check-in, kids get a "welcome pack," that includes age-appropriate goodies like a stuffed animal,...  Read More

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
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This modern hotel located near Millennium Park is a hidden gem, especially for sport enthusiasts. (Think 5-star amenities for 3-star prices.) There's an 8,000 square foot fitness facility that includes a half basketball court and 25-yard lap...  Read More

Located on Michigan Avenue, The Peninsula features classically furnished rooms complete with marble bathrooms that include a soaking tub and steam-free inset television. It also offers several dining options from The Lobby, which offers American...  Read More

The Cadillac Palace Theater is adjacent to the Hotel Allegro Chicago - a Kimpton Hotel, which is approximately six blocks from the Magnificent Mile. Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and the important commercial and financial districts of the city are...  Read More

theWit, a Doubletree Hotel
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TheWit, a Doubletree Hotel, is located just blocks from Millennium Park and the Chicago Harbor. The sexy hotel attracts the fashionable set which flock to the ROOF, it's popular rooftop lounge that gets packed during happy hour until closing...  Read More

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
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The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is located in the Near North Side district, within blocks of the Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan. Situated close to the Chicago-Red subway stop, the hotel is also ideal for trips throughout the city. Guests...  Read More

The Blackstone Hotel has attracted sports legends, presidents, royalty and movie stars since 1910. The historic property's neoclassical Beaux-Arts architecture lends an air of opulence which continues throughout the lobby and guest rooms. 1,400...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
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Located in Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue, this Four Seasons is located in the heart of upscale shopping, including the American Girl Place. Families looking for luxury love the four lane indoor lap pool (specific children's hours,...  Read More

History buffs will appreciate the living and breathing piece of Chicago history in the lobby of the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Guests and visitors can often be found in one of the plush seats in the lobby staring at the 21 frescos which...  Read More


Meet Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and most of her life in Chicago. While she’s traveled extensively internationally, visiting each of the 50 states is on her...  More About Megy

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