The Fanciest, Finest Hotels Chicago Has to Offer

The well-heeled crowd will find plenty of posh places to lay their weary heads in Chicago. The city is dotted with ritzy hotels, most with on-site gourmet restaurants, high-end spas, and rooftop bars with unique cocktails and beautiful city views. But above all, they provide impeccable service.

While a more mature crowd might be drawn to sophisticated places like the Park Hyatt Chicago, with its comfy beds and in-room deluxe hot tubs, others like the modern, eclectic vibe from posh hotels like the new Langham and Thompson. It's more of a party at The James hotel, and celebrities tend to stay at places like the The Peninsula Chicago. But whether you prefer fancy and flashy, or low-key and elegant, Chicago will have a luxury hotel that will treat you like a V.I.P.

In the last few years, Chicago has seen a slew of new luxury hotels open, so first-class travelers who seek top-of-the-line rooms and whatever-you-need service now have lots of options. And all of them will be centrally located and will have gorgeous views of the skyline and Lake Michigan. If you're willing to plunk down the money, you can live large and luxuriously during your stay in Chicago.

Thompson Chicago
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One of the newcomers on Chicago's luxury hotel scene, Thompson Chicago is all about style. Posh lofts with jewel-toned furniture, eclectic design, floor-to-ceiling windows make the accommodations equally hip and comfortable. REN products are...  Read More



The Four Seasons' Chicago upholds the chain's reputation for luxury and service. Recently renovated, the limestone and glass building has large, fully-appointed rooms done with 20th century-styled decor and excellent views of the skyline and...  Read More

The James Chicago
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Modern, minimal decoration and a festive vibe distinguish this luxury hotel from others in Chicago. The rooms include penthouse lofts, one-bedroom apartments, and deluxe rooms with sleek décor. Excellent steaks are served at the hotel's...  Read More



The modern boutique Kimpton hotel in River North is close to Michigan Avenue shopping and offers complimentary bike rentals, pint-size animal print bathrobes for younger kids and a yoga mat in every room. Most of the food served, whether in room...  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

The Langham, Chicago
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The luxury Langham chain recently expanded into Chicago, bringing a mix of British elegance and modern sophistication to a famous skyscraper on the downtown riverfront. The building was designed in the 1970s by famed architect Mies van der Rohe,...  Read More

Park Hyatt - Chicago
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A longtime favorite among high-end travelers, the Park Hyatt emphasizes service and sophistication. It's restaurant, NoMI, is one of the best in Chicago, and foodies can arrange to have a special dining experience in the "chef's corner." Walk...  Read More

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
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Many Chicagoans aren't fond of the building's huge TRUMP letters on a riverfront lined with architectural gems. But they can't deny that Trump International Hotel & Tower has luxury, location and some of the best views in the city. Built on...  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

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


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.