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.