Best Boutique Hotels in Magnificent Mile, Chicago

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    Thompson Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2622 reviewsTripAdvisor (2622)
    Free WiFi

    The Thompson Chicago sits in the Near North Side neighborhood, one block back from Chicago's Michigan Avenue near Oak Street Beach and close to many attractions and restaurants. Recent guests loved the location of this Thompson property and all agree the decor in the lobby, including the large fireplace with its library feel, strike a nice balance between refined and homey. Past visitors said that everyone from the general manager to the doorman is congenial – and they're especially skilled at remembering names here. The Thompson Chicago's rooms offer a sleek, sophisticated design, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Lake Michigan and The Magnificent Mile, 400-thread-count Sferra linens and bathrooms with rainfall showers. Additional conveniences include the two dining options that are popular with guests as well as locals. Nico Osteria is an Italian-inspired seafood restaurant, serving dishes like lobster spaghetti and swordfish pancetta, while the Salone Nico keeps up the European feel with an extensive wine list from Greece and Italy, although both dining options can be a bit pricey for some travelers' tastes. 

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2622 reviewsTripAdvisor (2622)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2408 reviewsTripAdvisor (2408)
    Free WiFi

    The Godfrey Hotel Chicago offers sleek, modern accommodations six blocks west of The Magnificent Mile. The 221-room hotel is geared toward the young, trendy crowd with its minimalistic design that includes velvet couches and subway tile bathrooms. Each room comes with a wet bar, a 46-inch flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. According to recent guests, the gem of this property is the panoramic views offered at the fourth-floor IO Rooftop Lounge, which sits on the rooftop and features a terrace, as well as a glass-walled atrium with a retractable roof. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago also includes a fitness center and the Spa Boutique, with provides services like massages and facials. Guests, though, warn that front desk service can be hit or miss and note travelers should review the bill before departing to ensure no additional charges were accidentally applied. 

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2408 reviewsTripAdvisor (2408)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    dana hotel and spa
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4977 reviewsTripAdvisor (4977)
    Free WiFi

    The dana hotel and spa in Chicago's Near North district makes a great home base for those who want to take advantage of the Windy City's long list of things to do while hanging their hat somewhere stylish. Travelers love this boutique hotel's swanky ambiance. The accommodations are fairly minimal in terms of decor, but each room comes equipped with a rainforest shower, Egyptian cotton linens and a Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin sound system. However, the main attraction here is the view. Guest rooms feature expansive wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that allow guests to look out over the city. Guests recommend booking a corner room on a higher floor to have multiple Chicago views, but should you end up on a lower floor, you can always take in the sights from the hotel's stylish Vertigo Sky Lounge. On another note, you should know that the stylish dana hotel's day spa is extremely popular. So if you want a weekend massage and facial, consider making your appointment several months in advance.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4977 reviewsTripAdvisor (4977)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    IVY Boutique Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 815 reviewsTripAdvisor (815)
    Free WiFi

    You'll find the IVY Boutique Hotel a block removed from one of the top sites in Chicago, The Magnificent Mile, which is just one reason recent guests suggest bedding down here. As you enter the property, you're greeted with a sultry vibe in the hotel's calculated color scheme of onyx, cream and deep violet – decor that carries over into its 63 rooms. Accommodations are outfitted with 400-thread-count linens, flat-screen TVs, private bars and marble bathrooms with either rainfall showers or sea salt tubs. When hunger sets in, you can choose to order room service, head to the DiVine Lounge or the rooftop IVY Sky Terrace (open seasonally) for a meal and drinks, though some say the menu offerings are pricey. If you'd rather explore the city for a bite, recent visitors say staff members are more than happy to offer recommendations.  

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 815 reviewsTripAdvisor (815)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Whitehall Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2055 reviewsTripAdvisor (2055)
    Free WiFi

    This landmark hotel in the Near North section of Chicago – just a block from The Magnificent Mile –offers a taste of European elegance in the midst of the city's windy bustle. Guests particularly love The Whitehall Hotel's demure sophistication, which emanates from its antique furniture and abundance of artwork. However, bear in mind that because this is an older property, guest rooms tend to be on the smaller side, which can be a deterrent for visiting families. That said, each accommodation offers a vintage aura without sacrificing convenience, sporting Egyptian cotton linens, complimentary wireless Internet access, a flat-screen HD TV and mahogany furniture. Guests say that the 2013 renovations paid off, describing the look and feel of this hotel as cozy and stylish, though some think more could have been done. However, recent visitors assure that the on-site restaurant, Fornetto Mei, and friendly service staff (the doormen, especially) more than make up for any lingering issues.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2055 reviewsTripAdvisor (2055)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    MileNorth Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3608 reviewsTripAdvisor (3608)
    Free WiFi

    Recent guests consistenly praise MileNorth Chicago for its stellar location. Steps from The Magnificent Mile and within walking distance to the theater district, the lake, Navy Pier and Tribune Tower, MileNorth Chicago is both convenient and, compared to other high-end hotels in the area, affordable. Travelers describe the rooms here as spacious, comfortable and stylish with neoclassical and art deco design elements, minifridges, flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed Internet access. To make the most of MileNorth Chicago's location (and the accommodations' large windows), guests suggest requesting a room on one of the upper floors – this will also help you avoid the disruptive street noise below. When you're not out on the town, spend some time getting the lay of the land from the 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge; here, you can enjoy a cocktail and a smattering of small plates alongside excellent views of downtown Chicago. Another aspect of this hotel visitors were impressed with is its polite and professional staff.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3608 reviewsTripAdvisor (3608)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Raffaello
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2346 reviewsTripAdvisor (2346)
    Free WiFi

    If you're looking for waterfront views, then look no further than Raffaello. This trendy boutique sits about a block away from the shores of Lake Michigan on the northern fringes of Chicago's Near North neighborhood. Rooms boast a distinctly European ambiance with cream-colored decor and contemporary furnishings, not to mention Egyptian cotton linens, Keurig coffee makers and iHome stereos. Guests also praise the friendly hotel staff, and those with kids especially love Raffaello's proximity to Navy Pier and the 360 Chicago building; choose the right room and you can see the notorious skyscraper out the window. Though the Italian eatery Pelago Ristorante fares well among recent guests for its mouthwatering seafood dishes, recent guests note that the quality service and tasty eats don't come cheap. After dinner, grab a nightcap at Drumbar, located on the 18th floor rooftop. 

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2346 reviewsTripAdvisor (2346)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2214 reviewsTripAdvisor (2214)

    Many say the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago's best feature is its perch on The Magnificent Mile – at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Huron Street – but they're overlooking the hotel's historic appeal. This boutique hotel has been welcoming Chicago visitors since the 1920s, and although guest rooms here may be smaller than those at competing hotels, travelers say that the hints of history are worth acknowledging. First opened as a club hotel, the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago transformed into one of the Windy City's hottest hangout spots; by the 1950s (after the famous Tip Top Tap sign was installed), the property had welcomed the likes of Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and Ginger Rogers. Today, the property strives to accommodate guests in the same fashion. Rooms have received an upgrade since the glory days and now house contemporary amenities like Wi-Fi access (for a fee), flat-screen TVs and minibars. Meanwhile, travelers highly recommend a meal at the hotel's M Avenue Restaurant and Lounge, which specializes in seasonal local cuisine. You'll also find numerous neighborhood eateries within walking distance of the property.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2214 reviewsTripAdvisor (2214)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Ambassador Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1889 reviewsTripAdvisor (1889)
    Free WiFi

    Ambassador Chicago occupies a historic building in the Gold Coast neighborhood of the city, but don't expect the Old World ambiance that often comes with older hotels. Rather than feature tinkling chandeliers and heavy tapestries, the lobby at this Preferred outpost feels crisp with all-white decor and simple, elegant furniture. Meanwhile, rooms offer 300-thread-count Frette linens, complimentary Wi-Fi access and minibars in addition to a sleek, modern design. Some of Chicago's top attractions (such as The Magnificent Mile and the Lincoln Park Zoo) are located within walking distance, and recent guests say they prefer this boutique property to the larger chain hotels throughout the city. Perhaps an even bigger draw than the eclectic design is the Booth One  restaurant, a favorite celebrity watering hole. For this restaurant, James Beard Award-winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten created a menu full of regional flavors based on farm-to-table cuisine.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1889 reviewsTripAdvisor (1889)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Felix
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 1759 reviewsTripAdvisor (1759)
    Free WiFi

    Located five blocks from The Magnificent Mile on Chicago's North Side, the Hotel Felix has an almost perfect location for travelers looking to hit the city's most popular attractions. And the hotel's sustainable practices (it was the first hotel in Chicago to receive a Silver LEED certification) are a hit with those who strive to live green. This boutique property's 225 rooms are outfitted with luxurious bedding and techie perks, like complimentary Wi-Fi access, iHome docking stations, and motion-activated lighting. But not everyone who stays here leaves feeling "felix" (the hotel takes its name from the Latin word for "happy"). Many travelers say that the rooms here are too small for the hotel to be considered a high-end property, while others cite inconsistent customer service as a reason to steer clear. If you do decide to stay at the Hotel Felix, you'll have access to the in-house Spa Boutique, not to mention Troquet restaurant, which does earn praise for its French cuisine and relaxed atmosphere.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 1759 reviewsTripAdvisor (1759)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi