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InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

505 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 [See Map]
#33 in Best Chicago Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 2594 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 792 rooms, 42 floors
Primary View(s) City center, River
Style Modern, Historic
Best For Business travelers, Families
AMENITIES Room Service, Internet Access, Business Center See all amenities

U.S. News Review

The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile still has touches of its historic 1929 incarnation as the Medinah Athletic Club. The original hand-stenciled ceilings and tapestries continue to adorn the lobby, while rooms in the Historic Tower have Old World features like vintage patterns and gold accents. And though much of the original athletic club's facilities were reconfigured to make way for the hotel's amenities, the junior Olympic swimming pool (in all its vintage opulence) remains. Still, the hotel has kept up with the times: Guest rooms come equipped with high-speed Internet access (for a fee), flat-screen TVs and minibars. In addition to the InterContinental's antique charm, recent visitors also laud the hotel's mid-Magnificent Mile locale and its exceptional staff. The only thing travelers lamented was the fee for in-room Wi-Fi and the pricey charge for on-site parking. The Continental Restaurant, however, earns praise from discerning diners for its New American cuisine, and travelers also appreciate the hearty plates served at Michael Jordan's Steak House. The icing on the cake: Members of the IHG Rewards Club loyalty program can earn points by staying here, or cash in rewards to help cover the cost of their stay.

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

“Following renovations completed in 2013, this historic hotel is even more equipped to address the evolving needs of today's traveler — from the contemporary air of the guest rooms to the enormous swimming pool and well-stocked fitness center.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Oyster.com

“This ... behemoth right on the Magnificent Mile mixes historic charm (a 1929 building, ornate columns in the lobby, a gorgeous indoor pool with Spanish tiles) with the lackluster contemporary decor of an upscale chain.”

AAA

“This expansive hotel has two towers, elegant and contemporary guest rooms and distinctive conference center areas designed with Egyptian, Roman, Grecian and Asian influences. The hotel also features Eno, a unique chocolate, cheese and wine bar offering varieties from around the world.”
Award: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015

Travel + Leisure

“... an opulent wonderland of terracotta fountains, hand-painted murals, marble mosaics and a 12,000-pound Baccarat crystal chandelier — the largest in North America.”

Other Awards:
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

While the building has maintained many of its architectural details since it was built in 1929, the guest rooms at the InterContinental have been updated with modern decor that incorporates old Chicago style through reproduction fabrics, carpets and details gleaned from early photos. In-room amenities include minibars, coffee makers, a spacious work desk, Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs provide 21st century comfort.

  • Agraria luxury bath amenities
  • Historic Tower rooms have spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the city

Standard room size:

250 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2594 guests have reviewed the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 2594 reviews)

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Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, located in Chicago's business district called the Loop, is the only downtown hotel with a front entrance onto the world-famous Michigan Avenue, the city’s broad boulevard lined with shops, restaurants and museums. Many of the city’s major attractions and entertainment venues are within walking distance of the hotel.

  • Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Children’s Museum, Terra Museum, Theater District and Navy Pier within walking distance
  • American Girl Place, popular with children, is three blocks from hotel
  • Valet parking

  • 24-hour valet parking ($65)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Dining

The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile offers a variety of dining options from a Starbucks in the lobby to ENO, a trendy wine bar and tasting room that features chocolate and cheese from around the world. The Continental offers internationally themed buffets, and Michael Jordan’s Steak House serves up prime, dry-aged beef.

  • Starbucks overlooks Michigan Avenue
  • The Continental serves breakfast and brunch
  • Eno awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2013

Number of restaurants:

4

Cuisine types:

American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

This hotel features a junior Olympic-sized heated indoor pool. The huge lap pool with is located in an imposing and well-lit space filled with ornate columns and arches.

  • Open daily until 10 p.m.
  • No lifeguard on duty
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

Number of pools:

1

Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

The combined spa and health club at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is spread over two levels. Featuring three treatment rooms, a sauna and separate locker rooms for men and women, the spa offers a full line of services including reflexology, aromatherapy, massage and body treatments.

  • Chair massages offered for corporate events
  • Signature sugar honey body polish treatment

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, in conjunction with the nearby American Girl Place, offers an American Girl Place Experience. The package includes a doll-sized American Girl Place bed and turndown service (for both the child and doll) that includes milk and a cupcake, a complimentary specialty breakfast for two girls, and a complimentary in-room movie with popcorn.

  • American Girl Place is three blocks from hotel
  • Free Wi-Fi access included
  • American Girl Place personal assistant for reservations and shopping outings

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The fitness center at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is part of a three-level fitness and spa complex that features a junior Olympic-sized pool. The exercise facility features cardio and weight-training equipment.

  • Yoga mats and exercise balls
  • Open 24 hours
  • Dry sauna

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile offers 45,000 square feet of event space across 28 different meeting rooms. The hotel features four historic ballrooms on three levels, including the ornate French-inspired Renaissance Room and the Grand Ballroom that has 37 hand-painted murals and a 12,000-pound Baccarat Crystal chandelier. Group meeting packages offer a wide variety of perks from IHG reward points to discounts and free Wi-Fi in guest rooms.

  • Business Sense package includes parking, Wi-Fi and breakfast
  • 24-hour business center with computer, printing, fax and photocopying
  • Kosher catering available

Number of meeting rooms:

28
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile welcomes guests with pets with a $100 pet fee, of which $50 is refunded at checkout. Pet-friendly rooms are located in the Historic Tower.

  • Pets must be kenneled when guests are out of the room
  • Rental kennels available with advance notice
  • Both dogs and cats are welcome without any size or weight restrictions

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

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Wedding

The Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile invites guests to select from a wide variety of engagement and wedding packages, including a special offer for a complimentary honeymoon. The hotel is home to a collection of opulent wedding venues to choose from, including four historic ballrooms. Guests can also request wedding decor, such as custom table linens, Rene Ozorio bone china, Schott Zwiesel stemware and Fortessa flatware.

  • Complimentary deluxe suite accommodations for brides and grooms
  • Custom cuisine including Indian and Kosher options
  • Hosts weddings of all religious, cultural and sexual orientations

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

700
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

505 North Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 [See Full Map]