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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
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 633 reviewsTripAdvisor (633)
    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 Bonvoy program can earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 633 reviewsTripAdvisor (633)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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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
    Free WiFi
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    Loews Chicago Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2703 reviewsTripAdvisor (2703)
    Free WiFi

    If you're hoping to be within walking distance to some of the Windy City's top attractions, this newer Loews outpost should be at the top of your list, according to recent travelers. Opened in early 2015, the Loews Chicago Hotel has already wowed guests with its attentive service and enviable location just outside the Loop (less than a mile from Navy Pier), and its cool, contemporary decor. Past guests particularly loved the rooms, especially the comfy beds and spacious bathrooms. Accommodations are also equipped with Keurig coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, floor-to-ceiling windows and free Wi-Fi access. The other star of the show here: Streeterville Social, which bills itself as the city's largest outdoor rooftop terrace. When you're not admiring the skyline views or sipping on cocktails, sample some of the "refined street food" from the rooftop kitchen or challenge your fellow travelers to Jenga (the lounge boasts a custom giant set). For heartier fare, make reservations at Rural Society, the on-site Argentinean steakhouse helmed by "Iron Chef" Jose Garces. Other amenities that stood out to recent guests: the fitness center (and its 75-foot-long indoor lap pool), the spa and the Audi car service, which drops guests anywhere within a 3-mile radius of the hotel. Plus, if you're a member of the Loews YouFirst program, you can earn and redeem free perks by staying here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2703 reviewsTripAdvisor (2703)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    W Chicago - Lakeshore
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2041 reviewsTripAdvisor (2041)

    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 Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2041 reviewsTripAdvisor (2041)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
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    Omni Chicago Hotel
    Chicago, IL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4061 reviewsTripAdvisor (4061)

    One of the Omni Chicago Hotel's main selling points is its location: Smack dab in the middle of The Magnificent Mile, it's surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants and things to do. According to recent visitors, the hotel itself isn't too shabby, either. This Omni property houses 347 guest suites with fully stocked refreshment centers, two flat-screen TVs, wet bars and minifridges (on request). The spacious floor plans and sleeper sofas can make this Chicago hotel a good choice for families and other large groups. But some guests are wary of all the incidental charges, like $67 a day for valet parking and about $10 a day for Internet access in your room. Still, a stay here offers benefits like access to an indoor swimming pool, a rooftop sun deck and a fitness center. Meanwhile, the Omni Chicago caters to its various clientele with amenities like a 24-hour business center and the complimentary Omni Kids Crew program. The property also features the 676 Restaurant & Bar, which serves fresh Midwest American cuisine. But for most guests, the best part about this hotel is its affordable price tag, which is made even sweeter for members of the Omni Select Guest rewards program.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4061 reviewsTripAdvisor (4061)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
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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
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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
    Free WiFi
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    Sheraton Grand Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 5479 reviewsTripAdvisor (5479)

    Standing right behind the River Esplanade Park, the Sheraton Grand Chicago is within walking distance of Navy Pier, making this hotel a popular home base for families. And despite its location, this Sheraton is described by many recent visitors as quieter than most Chicago hotels. The Sheraton Grand Chicago's amenities are pretty standard – guest rooms come with the brand's signature Sweet Sleeper Beds, flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access (for a fee). Visitors are invited to take advantage of the hotel's other amenities, which include an indoor pool (with views of Lake Michigan), a business center and a fitness room. The Sheraton Grand Chicago is also home to several restaurants: Try Shula's Steak House for fancier plates and Chicago Burger Company for more casual fare. What's more, members of the Marriott Bonvoy program can accumulate or redeem points here.

    Chicago, IL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 5479 reviewsTripAdvisor (5479)
    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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