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    The Peninsula Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1810 reviewsTripAdvisor (1810)
    Free WiFi

    Occupying prime real estate on Chicago's coveted Magnificent Mile, The Peninsula Chicago combines Hong Kong's cosmopolitan flair with the Windy City's Midwestern charm. Travelers describe the guest rooms as comfortable thanks to their creamy color palette and plush furniture, not to mention their modern techie touches, like a bedside remote command station that controls the lights, television and room temperatures. Meanwhile, the renowned Peninsula Spa is in a class by itself: earning The Peninsula Chicago many accolades from health and leisure magazines. Another honorable mention goes to the afternoon tea served in the lobby bar, which visitors say is a nice and welcome touch. During your stay, guests recommend making time for the tasty Cantonese dishes served in the Shanghai Terrace restaurant. However, for many travelers, it was The Peninsula Chicago's friendly service staff that convinced them to stay here again.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1810 reviewsTripAdvisor (1810)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3584 reviewsTripAdvisor (3584)
    Free WiFi

    Previous lodgers rave about this North Michigan Avenue hotel's refinement and unbeatable location. Sitting just steps from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is central to all of the city's best restaurants, shops and nightlife. After you've sufficiently tested the limits of your credit card, retreat to one of the hotel's soundproofed spa treatment rooms to enjoy a relaxing massage or skin renewal treatment. Before you call it a night, previous guests highly recommend sitting down to dinner in the Allium's dining room, where diners are treated to fresh, farm-to-table Midwest cuisine. When it's time to bed down, this Four Seasons hotel's well-appointed accommodations provide a comfortable escape. Previous guests love the elegant decor, which combines contemporary fittings (like flat-screen TVs and iHome stereos) with 20th century-inspired design accents and spacious marble bathrooms. Recent visitors recommend splurging on the lake view accomodations, rather than the rooms with the city skyline vistas.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3584 reviewsTripAdvisor (3584)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Waldorf Astoria Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2682 reviewsTripAdvisor (2682)
    Free WiFi

    This fashionable hotel on East Walton gathers acclaim from recent guests for its elegant design and prime location in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. According to many travelers, you can't go wrong with a stay here – in large part because of the hotel's exceptional customer service. The Waldorf Astoria Chicago also wins favor from vacationing couples with unexpected amenities like in-room fireplaces, bathrooms with separate showers and tubs and double vanities with inset LCD TVs. For a quick bite to eat, the property has a pastry shop and the French-inspired Margeaux Brasserie. But if you're hankering for something more substantial than cafe fare, recent guests recommend exploring the Gold Coast's acclaimed restaurants and bars that are all within reach. And when you need a break from the Windy City's hustle and bustle, relax with a massage, a quick workout or a dip in the indoor pool at the hotel's Spa & Health Club. Because of its ties to the Waldorf Astoria brand, this hotel allows members of the Hilton Honors rewards program to accrue or redeem points.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2682 reviewsTripAdvisor (2682)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3284 reviewsTripAdvisor (3284)
    Free WiFi

    The Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is conveniently positioned on North Wabash Avenue in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago, offering easy access to both the business-centric Loop and the city's top attractions, including Navy Pier. From many of the minimalist-design rooms, you'll get a picturesque view of the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower, all brightly reflected in Lake Michigan. Accommodations here also include floor-to-ceiling windows, fully equipped kitchens (with Nespresso machines) and bathrooms with limestone finishes. Recent guests recommend booking a room with a river view to take full advantage of the hotel's enviable location. Cap off a Windy City day at Terrace 16, the hotel's on-site restaurant and bar. Guests praise the restaurant for its  American cuisine and unbeatable views of the iconic Chicago skyline. Or should you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, plan on spending some time at The Spa at Trump, which offers a wide array of services, as well as a fitness center and an indoor pool.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3284 reviewsTripAdvisor (3284)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 608 reviewsTripAdvisor (608)
    Free WiFi

    The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is recognized by guests as one of the city's best luxury hotels for families. Children are not only supplied with child-sized bathrobes and complimentary toiletries, but can also take part in select treatments at the spa alongside their parents. Additionally, families can take a dip in the indoor pool or take advantage of the hotel's primo location along The Magnificent Mile. Other amenities include the tasty Torali restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center and wellness classes like rooftop yoga and Pilates. Guest rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago boast shades of cream, blue and gray and amenities like flat-screen TVs, luxury bedding and marble bathrooms. Previous visitors recommend a room on a higher floor so you can get more enjoyment from the large picture windows. Keep in mind that members of the Marriott Rewards program can earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 608 reviewsTripAdvisor (608)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Park Hyatt Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1944 reviewsTripAdvisor (1944)
    Free WiFi

    Travelers commend the Park Hyatt Chicago's attentive and responsive staff, along with its enviable seat along The Magnificent Mile. But there's more to this hotel than its convenient location. After indulging in some retail therapy, rest up in the NoMI Spa, where you can soak up the warm aroma of massage oils while your muscles are soothed. Or retreat to your spacious digs, which include oversized baths, modern decor and views of the Chicago cityscape or Lake Michigan. Guest rooms here also come with standard amenities like flat-screen TVs, minibars and complimentary Wi-Fi access. And though the hotel is surrounded by some of the city's top eateries, recent guests recommend sitting down to dinner at hotel's NoMI Kitchen, which serves up contemporary American cuisine alongside Chi-Town views. And because this property bears the Hyatt name, World of Hyatt members can earn or cash in points here for additional stay benefits.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1944 reviewsTripAdvisor (1944)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Blackstone, Autograph Collection
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2391 reviewsTripAdvisor (2391)

    Travelers have a favorite word for The Blackstone, Autograph Collection: comfortable. With its long history (the hotel dates back to 1910), this South Loop property could easily garner a stuffy atmosphere, but recent guests attest the Renaissance Blackstone maintains its landmark status while embracing a luxuriously modern ambiance. The hotel offers 332 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, each boasting modern decor, minifridges, coffee makers and, on the upper floors, Lake Michigan and Magnificent Mile vistas. Recent visitors also rave about the hotel's convenient setting across the street from Chicago's Grant Park. On the other hand, travelers were disappointed they had to pay for in-room Internet access, and some noted room walls were thin so it was easy to hear hallway conversations and the passing "L" train. When it comes to dining, the on-site restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa, serves tapas and Catalan-inspired cocktails. If you want more culinary variety, Michigan Avenue's acclaimed eateries are close by. And keep in mind, members of the Marriott Rewards program can can earn or cash in points at this Autograph Collection property.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2391 reviewsTripAdvisor (2391)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    The Talbott Hotel, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3663 reviewsTripAdvisor (3663)
    Free WiFi

    Located in the Near North part of Chicago, The Talbott Hotel is known for rolling out a red carpet experience. In addition to offering standard hotel amenities like a fitness center and meeting rooms, this Joie de Vivre property specializes in truly boutique hospitality. Guests say the customer service here is exceptional and find the hotel's elegant decor refreshingly well-appointed. Visitors love the draped curtains and luxury linens found in the guest rooms, as well as the unique furniture and city views. Accommodations receive mixed reviews though, and some past guests were disappointed with their room's storage options. This hotel appeals to both business and leisure travelers with its convenient location, dog-friendly policies and tasty American fare served at the in-house restaurant, 20 East. But it could be possible that those who love this hotel most are young girls: The Talbott Hotel offers special American Girl Place packages, which include perks like a travel bed for your American Girl doll, milk and two Sprinkles cupcakes at turndown, and for an additional fee, a horse-drawn carriage ride to American Girl Place on The Magnificent Mile.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3663 reviewsTripAdvisor (3663)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4800 reviewsTripAdvisor (4800)
    Free WiFi

    There's a good chance that you can enjoy the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile's upscale amenities for a more reasonable rate than the other nearby high-end hotels. What amenities? Try marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers, Bose sound systems and picturesque views of downtown Chicago and the John Hancock Observatory available in the rooms and suites. Recent guests say the Sofitel Chicago's accommodations possess a cosmopolitan, French flair representative of the posh Sofitel brand. The distinctly Euro feel infused in the modern decor is certainly easy on the eyes, but visitors are even more impressed by the hotel's convenient location – it's the rhombus-shaped building just two blocks off The Magnificent Mile – and its friendly staff members. When staying here, you will have complimentary access to the property's on-site fitness center and, according to past guests, you'll need it should you choose to dine on-site. Travelers are fond of the contemporary French cuisine served for moderate rates at the Café des Architectes. What's more, members of the Le Club Accorhotels rewards program can cut costs even further by using points to pay for their stay.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4800 reviewsTripAdvisor (4800)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2996 reviewsTripAdvisor (2996)
    Free WiFi

    Two blocks west of The Magnificent Mile and four blocks north of the Loop, the Kimpton Palomar Chicago is a convenient lodging choice for sightseers. This Kimpton hotel offers easy access to some of the Windy City's most popular attractions. But there's more to this hotel than its location. Previous guests praise the rooms, describing them as spacious and comfortable with floor-to-ceiling windows, a number of varied pillow styles, Frette linens and artwork inspired by the Chicago World's Fair. Although you'll be surrounded by the numerous eateries of Chicago's Near North area, some guests recommend trying the New American cuisine served at the trendy Sable Kitchen & Bar. Recent travelers also loved the wealth of freebies provided in the lobby, including complimentary coffee in the morning and wine tastings in the evening. And the service staff – from the concierge to the housekeeping employees – earns high marks as well. Members of the IHG Rewards Club can earn benefits, like complimentary Wi-Fi, by choosing to stay here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2996 reviewsTripAdvisor (2996)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    W Chicago - Lakeshore
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2017 reviewsTripAdvisor (2017)

    Overlooking Lake Michigan (as you might've guessed from its name), this W hotel offers guests a trendy Chicago home base just minutes from some of the city's top attractions. Popular hotel features include the Bliss Spa on the eighth floor, as well as CURRENT restaurant, which serves seasonal modern Italian cuisine. Meanwhile, the accommodations feature decor with bright pops of color here and there, as well as LCD flat-screen TVs, minifridges, high-speed Internet access and amenities for your pet, should you require them. Guests say they enjoy the W Chicago - Lakeshore's waterfront location, but some found difficulty with an at-times too-cool staff and were disappointed with charges for in-room Wi-Fi. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Rewards members can earn and use points here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2017 reviewsTripAdvisor (2017)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 750 reviewsTripAdvisor (750)
    Free WiFi

    You'll find this boutique-style hotel attached to The Shops at North Bridge in Chicago's River North area, just a short walk from the Chicago River and several L train stops. Unlike the city's other high-end accommodations, which tend to skew contemporary, this Luxury Collection property exudes an old-school sumptuousness with rich jewel tones, marble floors, crystal chandeliers and plush furniture. The recently renovated guestrooms continue the tone of the lobby, with their elegant amenities and design. Recent guests especially like the Molton Brown toiletries, which complement the accommodations' cozy bedding and pillows, large bathrooms and high-tech amenities like iPod alarm clocks and flat-screen TVs. During your stay, you will have access to the hotel's rooftop, Upstairs at the Gwen, where you can enjoy a cocktail and spectacular views of the city. The bar received mixed reviews though. For something more filling, try the American-Asian fusion cuisine served up at The Terrace Restaurant. Chicago visitors also choose this hotel for its proximity to shopping, both at the mall and out on the nearby Magnificent Mile. What's more, Marriott Rewards members can rack up points and perks at this property.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 750 reviewsTripAdvisor (750)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Lincoln, A Joie de Vivre Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2542 reviewsTripAdvisor (2542)
    Free WiFi

    Nestled along the southwestern edge of Chicago's Lincoln Park, this Joie de Vivre hotel serves as a convenient home base for visitors to the Windy City looking for just a touch of peace and quiet. Recent guests say the Hotel Lincoln's well-equipped rooms offer a restful night's sleep. Rooms represent what the hotel calls "classic urban Midwest charm of Chicago," featuring in-room amenities like HD TVs, iHome docking stations, coffee makers and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Meanwhile, on-site perks include a fitness center and complimentary seasonal bike rentals. Recent visitors commend the Hotel Lincoln's employees as some of the most personable and helpful they've encountered. Plus the property is home to two restaurants that earn a thumbs-up from guests and locals alike. Perennial Virant dishes out expertly crafted farm-to-table cuisine, while The J. Parker (on the hotel's rooftop) provides panoramic park and lake views along with a smattering of cocktails and lighter bites.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2542 reviewsTripAdvisor (2542)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Drake, A Hilton Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4465 reviewsTripAdvisor (4465)

    Travelers love the Old World elegance than defines The Drake: think New York's Plaza Hotel done Chicago-style. Once the preferred choice of both Winston Churchill and Princess Diana, this Gold Coast neighborhood outpost knows how to deliver a quality experience. (If you really want to blend in with the posh clientele while you're here, recent guests suggest attending the traditional English tea service in the Palm Court, offered every afternoon.) Unlike its trend-setting neighbors, The Drake boasts a distinctly vintage ambiance with high ceilings, upholstered walls and glittering chandeliers. Though recent guests admitted the hotel could use some remodeling, they also said the property's old-fashioned style is exactly what makes it so charming. And because of its Hilton Hotels ties, guest rooms here include signature Serenity beds and Italian marble bathrooms, as well as modern amenities like flat-screen HD TVs and high-speed internet access (for a fee). Plus, if you're a member of the Hilton Honors program, you can accrue or redeem points here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4465 reviewsTripAdvisor (4465)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2868 reviewsTripAdvisor (2868)

    Sitting right at the corner of Michigan and Delaware avenues, this Westin hotel is just steps from the Magnificent Mile's best boutiques. And if you've got kids in tow, you'll appreciate the hotel's proximity to Navy Pier (roughly 15 minutes away by bus). Guests note that The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago's downtown location is its best feature, but convenience does have its drawbacks. Some previous visitors complain of small rooms that could use a facelift and a noisy atmosphere due to traffic on the street below. Do your best to reserve a spot on a higher floor; no matter which room you end up in, you'll find it features Westin's signature Heavenly bed and bath fixtures, as well as a flat-screen TV and wireless Internet access (for a fee). Plus, several travelers say that they're willing to forgive the cramped conditions as a result of this Westin's reasonably priced rates. When you're not out on the town, you can get your workout in at the hotel fitness center, or you can stop counting calories and enjoy a meal at The Grill on the Alley, which receives praise for its prime steak and fresh seafood. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Rewards members can earn and use points here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2868 reviewsTripAdvisor (2868)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating