Chicago's Best Hotels Feature Boutique Amenities and Services to Guests

To meet the growing market of well-healed travelers, Chicago’s top hotels go above and beyond to offer boutique amenities to its guests.

Hotels like the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Ritz-Carlton Chicago and The Peninsula offer guests five-star treatment, but it comes with a five-star price tag.

The city also has excellent historic hotels, loaded with character as well as amenities, such as the iconic Drake Hotel and Palmer House Hilton. For those who appreciate the eco-friendly efforts, check out Hotel Felix, the city’s first Silver LEED certified hotel.

From trendy lounges to five-star restaurants, relaxing spas and kid-friendly activities, today’s hotels aren’t the kind of place where you’re there just to spend the night (although their luxurious bedding makes a good night’s sleep welcome). They’re designed to make your overall experience a delight. Any of our top 10 best Chicago hotel recommendations will make your stay in the Windy City memorable and enjoyable.

Hotel Lincoln
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Head North into Lincoln Park for this small, quaint, eclectic hotel that is steps from the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Museum, Steppenwolf Theater and Second City, Chicago's world-renown comedy and improv theatre. Rooms are on the smaller...  Read More

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
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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



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

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
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The Hotel Monaco Chicago is conveniently located two blocks from both Millennium Park and the Chicago Riverwalk. Guests love the complimentary wine hour in the evening, as well as the free Starbucks coffee and tea served throughout the day. They...  Read More



Anyone driving south on Lake Shore Drive has seen the marquee of this historic hotel. It has an excellent location - across the street from Oak Street Beach) - plus comfy rooms with lake and skyline views. Each of the 535 rooms are equipped...  Read More



Located next to Water Tower Place, one of Chicago's tourist epicenters, the Ritz-Carlton is a peaceful and posh retreat from the Magnificent Mile crowds. The comfortable and well-appointed rooms have large windows with views of Navy Pier and...  Read More



Celebrities, heads of state and other VIPs often stay at The Peninsula when they're visiting Chicago because the hotel offers five-star accommodations and service. Everything about the hotel is classy and high-end, including rooms appointed with...  Read More

Hotel Felix Chicago
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Hotel Felix presents an upscale and intimate luxury boutique hotel that blends a comfortable elegance with inspiring natural elements. As downtown Chicago's first hotel designed to meet Silver LEED certification, it delivers an enriching...  Read More

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
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It's all class without the flash at this very posh but low-key spot in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Starting with the suit-wearing staff at the reception desk, guests receive 5-star service that caters to their every whim. The...  Read More



Take an unforgettably scenic bath in one of the granite tubs, which are in front of large picture windows, in this luxury hotel. The Langham chain recently expanded into Chicago, bringing a mix of British elegance and modern sophistication to a...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.