Chicago’s iconic lakeside cityscape is one of America’s must-see destinations. The so-called Windy City is home to such iconic sights as the Willis Tower - once the tallest building in the world - Navy Pier and the ever-popular Millennium Park, which is home to just some of the city’s famed public art. Throw in the city’s culture, rich sporting heritage, and fascinating history - whatever your reason for traveling is, you’ll be assured of a memorable visit. When visiting this city, you’ll probably want to stay in some of the best luxury boutique hotels in Chicago. From ones boasting Art Deco trappings to buildings that have taken inspiration from Chicago’s famed World’s Fair, check out our list of the 17 best boutique hotels in Chicago, Illinois, the USA.
Chicago is famous as a sporting city, home as it is to the Cubs’ renowned Wrigley Field. And, given its name, sporting roots run deep through this superbly-rated, four-star hotel. Indeed, the decor in some of the rooms is in part inspired by its sports-driven past, featuring classic furnishings that mix style with locker room iconography that is reflected in the metal frame headboards and recliners. The Chicago Athletic Association offers more than any small boutique hotel in Chicago since it is well-placed for most of the city’s landmarks - from the Cloud Gate and Millennium Park to Willis Tower. Mod-cons include free wi-fi access - which is sure to appeal to business travellers - parking, and a well-reviewed gym and fitness centre. One of the few hotels with rooftop bars in Chicago, guests seem to love the elevated view of Millennium Park that can be enjoyed from the hotel.
Chicago Athletic Association – in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Address: 12 South Michigan Avenue
24-hour front desk Fax/photocopying Non-smoking rooms Bridal suite Business centre Evening entertainment Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Laundry
Fans of stunning cityscape views will likely fall in love with this hotel, which boasts a terrace that makes the most of the Chicago skyline. Indeed, with a glowing reputation and a four-star rating, there’s every possibility that you’ll also love your stay in this central hotel. Its modern stylings and colourful decor include some jaw-dropping common areas and bars in which to unwind. Speaking of which, previous guests loved the terrace/rooftop bar, while its position close to Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile also earned it plaudits. The hotel is also home to no fewer than five on-site eateries as well as a nightclub - which is sure to win fans among nighthawks. As well as some panoramic views, the hotel is also home to a spa which will appeal to those travellers looking to ease away the stresses of daily life. Other amenities include free wi-fi, large TVs and a popular gym.
Virgin Hotels Chicago
Address: 203 N Wabash Ave
Price: from 140 USD
First aid kit available CCTV in common areas Fitness centre Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities ATM/cash machine on site Air conditioning Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus
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Enjoy a touch of class at one of the most famous luxury boutique hotels in Chicago. This four-star boutique hotel is nearby Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The hotel’s impressive edifice exudes stately class - a motif which continues inside, with the bedrooms featuring classic design touches that make the very most out of the monochrome palette and occasional splashes of understated colour. The wider hotel’s luxurious vibe is continued in the common areas, with their rich and earthy hues providing a calming setting in which to unwind after a busy day taking in the city’s spectacular sites. Speaking of which, this boutique hotel’s position on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile places it a stone’s throw from all manner of dining and shopping experiences. Amenities include an on-site restaurant, in-room dining service and gym. The free wi-fi, on-site business centre and meeting space mean it will also appeal to business travellers.
Those who prefer their hotels to have a vibrant personality will likely enjoy staying at Hotel Lincoln, which is counted among the top hotels in downtown Chicago with views. It is owned by the Joie de Vivre brand, and this ‘joy of life’ is evident in the attractive and funky decor, which makes the very most of its colour palette to provide an arresting setting that is a feast for the eyes. The hotel also provides a platform for the local art scene, with guest bedrooms decorated with original works. And speaking of memorable sights, the hotel’s setting includes a rooftop bar which provides eye-catching views of the city and will make for a great spot to enjoy a drink or two during a romantic getaway. Those travelling for work, rather than pleasure, are also catered for in the form of the on-site business centre, dry-cleaning service and free wi-fi. It is well placed for local attractions, with Lincoln Park Zoo and the Lakefront Trail both just 10 minutes away on foot.
Hotel Lincoln, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Address: 1816 North Clark Street
Price: from 81 USD
Internet services Free WiFi Smoke alarms Security alarm Luggage storage Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Fitness centre First aid kit available
Those craving a touch of elegance from their hotel stay may wish to opt for this highly-rated, four-star option, which is right next to the John Hancock Center and other shopping spots like Water Tower Place. The hotel boasts European-style bedrooms - a motif which extends to the fine Italian cuisine on offer in the in-house restaurant. The common areas are home to a host of arresting styles, from the dark and cosy earthen hues of the indoor bar to the light and lofty art deco spaces of the lobby. A particular highlight is the rooftop bar, which drew special praise from impressed former guests. Amenities include free wi-fi and business centre - should your trip be for work - a concierge service and on-site gym.
Address: 201 E Delaware Place
Price: from 98 USD
Cashless payment available Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Heating ATM/cash machine on site Safety deposit box Smoke alarms Facilities for disabled guests Non-smoking rooms
Sophistication and elegance exude from every pore in this impressive four-star hotel, which enjoys fabulous word-of-mouth from its guests, who loved the modern trappings of the interior. Speaking of which, bedroom decor features a mix of earthen shades, with flashes of wood and marble for a calming and timeless quality that appealed to visitors. The modern trappings and stylish mood lighting of the hotel lounge also proved popular, as too did the on-site gourmet food - for a little romantic feast. Amenities also include a full spa in which to ease away the stresses of day-to-day life and free wi-fi. The hotel’s Apogee Lounge and rooftop bar both offer city views. And, when you head onto the streets for a little exploring, you’ll find the likes of the Magnificent Mile just five minutes away on foot.
Eurostars Magnificent Mile
Address: 660 North State Street
Price: from 115 USD
Laundry Air conditioning Dry cleaning Sauna Internet services Facilities for disabled guests Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
Taking design inspiration from Chicago’s iconic World’s Fair, this colourful hotel features a mix of bedroom styles in which to unwind, with a mix of patterned styles and artwork that should provide for a pleasant and memorable stay. One of the best boutique hotels in Chicago, this superbly-rated, luxury four-star hotel drew particular praise for its unique stylings and a comfortable vibe as well as for its impressive interior, which includes a marble entrance, and a lobby that features a mix of vibrant reds and golds. What’s more, its position in downtown Chicago places it within easy reach of local cultural attractions, nightspots and shops. Amenities include an in-house swimming pool, an award-winning restaurant and free wi-fi.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
Address: 505 North State Street
Price: from 112 USD
Fax/photocopying Family rooms Sun terrace On-site parking Happy hour Newspapers WiFi available in all areas All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
From its impressive marble bathrooms to communal spaces that mix colourful geometric patterns with classic mid 20th century and modern furnishings, this stylish and highly-rated four-star hotel is another option worth considering. It is within easy reach of the shops of the city’s famous Magnificent Mile - and its position right within the downtown area won plenty of praise from previous guests, who also rated the friendly staff and the trendy styling. The hotel itself is also equipped with a number of facilities, include a 24-hour fitness centre, large screen TVs in every room and impressive marble bathrooms. The on-site kitchen and bar also mean that those who don’t wish to venture far for food and drink will be well catered for.
When in Chicago, book a stay at this stylish and contemporary hotel close to the famous Magnificent Mile. Aloft Chicago Downtown River North features spacious rooms with colorful interiors that will ensure that you have a comfortable and cheerful stay. The hotel is pet-friendly too, so feel free to bring your canine friend. A fitness center, a lounge, and a restaurant and bar are also available at this hotel. Chicago Riverwalk is just 0.5 km (0.31 mi) from this beautiful property.
Aloft Chicago Downtown River North
Address: 515 North Clark Street
Price: from 119 USD
Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay WiFi available in all areas Non-smoking throughout Non-smoking rooms Bar 24-hour front desk Mini-market on site Laundry
Styled in a contemporary manner without compromising on the classic architecture of the building, Hotel Felix Chicago is the ideal accommodation for the modern traveler. This boutique hotel offers guests chic rooms that are equipped with all the conveniences necessary for a comfortable stay. A fitness center, a business center, a lobby lounge, a French bistro and a coffee shop are also available to guests. Several amazing restaurants and bars of the River North area are at a walking distance from the hotel.
Hotel Felix Chicago
Address: 111 West Huron Street, Chicago
Price: from 1009 USD
Modern elegance is the perfect way to describe the amazing boutique hotel, Thompson Chicago. It offers guests an urban Chicago feel with the sleek interiors of its rooms and a plethora of modern conveniences. Some rooms provide city views while others offer breathtaking Lake Michigan vistas. A restaurant, a gym and a lounge are also available in the hotel. Many popular restaurants, bars, cafes and attractions are closeby too.
Address: 21 E. Bellevue Place, Chicago
Price: from 148 USD
Stay in style at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, a trendy boutique hotel. Though the exterior of the property is quite modern in comparison to the other classic buildings in the neighborhood, it offers a very comfortable and memorable stay to guests. The hotel features spacious rooms that are well-appointed and luxurious. A restaurant and a stunning rooftop cocktail bar are other impressive offerings of this hotel. Public transport stops, restaurants, bars and popular city attractions are at a walking distance from the hotel.
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Address: 127 West Huron at LaSalle, Chicago
Price: from 112 USD
Ivy Boutique Hotel is conveniently located and perfect for couples and families alike. With rooms that can accommodate a party of five, this classy, modern boutique hotel features chic furniture and contemporary interiors. Situated at the center of downtown Chicago, Ivy Boutique Hotel offers proximity to a variety of shopping and dining establishments. Just five minutes from Magnificent Mile, guests can easily explore downtown, and return to a comfortable and well-equipped room to rest. More so, it offers free access to CorePower Yoga (a yoga studio) and Planet Fitness, making it an ideal boutique hotel for the health-conscious traveler. Even better, they also provide parking so guests don’t have to worry about parking in Chicago’s busy downtown area.
Located in Chicago’s historic Wicker Park neighborhood, The Robey is an exquisite hotel in one of Chicago’s oldest districts. Its stunning lobby, with classy sofas and phenomenal architectural workmanship, offers a sense of timelessness. High-quality beds, with tastefully simple furniture, are found in every room – designed to be spacious and full of natural lighting. A TV and free WiFi are available in the room. The in-house Café Robey offers scrumptious French-American cuisine. Several lounges, a pool and a gym are available in the hotel. Chicago’s commercial heart, The Magnificent Mile, as well as Lincoln Park Zoo and Wrigley Field, are all 4.8 km (2.9 mi) away.
Address: 2018 W North Avenue
Price: from 112 USD
Trouser press Non-smoking rooms Bridal suite Parking Facilities for disabled guests All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Contactless check-in/check-out Walking tours
Freehand Chicago is a boutique hotel situated at the heart of River North, one of the trendiest districts in Chicago. Conveniently located, this boutique hotel is only two minutes away from Magnificent Mile, and within 0.5 km (0.31 mi) of major destinations like Arts Club of Chicago, House of Blues Chicago, and Water Tower Chicago. Stylish and modern, the rooms are well-equipped and have free WiFi too. Guests can even request a room that’s suitable for those with limited mobility. With their penthouse suite ideal for six guests, this boutique hotel is perfect for couples, groups of friends, and even families with children.
Ambassador Chicago is another option that will likely win over adventurous guests. Explore the city and discover some of the best memorable things to do in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile; this highly-rated four star hotel is just four blocks away from the noted shopping and entertainment district. The hotel itself features light and airy bedrooms that include a splash of colour and eye-catching artwork on the walls, while the restaurant’s earthy tones and charming ambient lighting will make for a great spot to enjoy a romantic meal with your significant other. The hotel’s common areas also feature classic design, while its roaring fireplaces will appeal to those who wish to cosy up in good company for a chat. Amenities include free wi-fi. And, if you’re a film buff, then check out the Screening Room, which boasts a 110 inch movie screen and a mix of large sofas and intimate seating.
The Ambassador Chicago – a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Address: 1301 North State Parkway
Price: from 129 USD
Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Air conditioning Delivered food is securely covered Fire extinguishers Room service On-site parking WiFi available in all areas Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
An arresting mix of old and new, classic and contemporary, awaits those guests who opt for a stay in this boutique hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Enjoying an impressive exterior facade, that reeks of class, the hotel features calming neutral decor in the bedrooms and beds which drew particular praise for their very comfortable mattresses - for a peaceful night’s sleep. The common areas include a sports bar with warm hues and art deco trappings. And, on the food front, the hotel is connected to the original Mike Ditka’s Restaurant next door, serving a range of top cuts. This boutique hotel in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is well-placed with the heart of the city just steps away. Amenities include free wi-fi, meeting facilities and a business centre which will appeal to work-related travellers.
Tremont hotel by SB at Chicago Magnificent Mile
Address: 100 East Chestnut Street
The windy city awaits
Chicago’s impressive cityscape, rich culture and location on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan mean this bustling metropolis boasts a thriving boutique hotels scene. You’ll be spoilt for choice when searching for a memorable location in which to stay during your visit - where will inspiration take you?
Frequently asked questions about boutique hotels in Chicago, Illinois
1. Which boutique hotels in Chicago have a pool?
Enjoy a refreshing vacation by Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel’s and The Robey’ poolside. These hotels boast not only chic interiors but also a wide variety of amenities, including an in-house swimming pool.
2.  Which boutique hotels in Chicago offer gym services?
Get that much-needed workout session while on vacation in Chicago. Multiple boutique hotels offer gym services as an added perk, including Chicago Athletic Association, Virgin Hotels Chicago, The Talbott Hotel, Raffaello Hotel, and Thompson Chicago.
3. Which boutique hotels in Chicago have rooms with great views?
Apart from the great rooftop views, Virgin Hotels Chicago and Thompson Chicago offer wonderful panoramas of the cityscape from some of their rooms. Take-in The Windy City’s beautiful views from the comfort of your room.
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