As countless tourists and business people visit the Windy City every year, you can expect to find an extensive range of hotel options. Whether you’re looking for luxury with a view, a hip vibe, history, an idyllic Magnificent Mile location or something totally unique, you’ll find it in Chicago.
Longman & Eagle
Set within the Logan Square neighborhood, locally-known as “hipster central,” Longman & Eagle was inspired by old-time inns with sleeping quarters that sit above a tavern. It’s a tiny, art-centric inn with just six unique rooms located above the cult restaurant of the same name. Each room has its own art and décor, with creative handmade touches; everything from the furniture to wood-slat ceilings was designed and built by the owners. Rooms also include mini-bars, mixed tapes, custom wooden speakers, hanging terrariums over bathrooms sinks and wooden drink coins that are good for two free drinks at the bar downstairs.
The ACME Hotel Company
Just a couple blocks from the Magnificent Mile and countless eateries and nightlife in the River North neighborhood, the ACME offers an old-world vibe combined with cutting edge amenities. This tech-oriented hotel was the first to ever offer Google Glass free to its guests, and the gadget-savvy will also appreciate lightning fast (and free) Wi-Fi along with Zeppelin audio systems and 46” LED TVs that can be easily hooked up to a laptop for Internet streaming. Other highlights include hardwood floors, industrial pipe light fixtures, bright orange “lip” chairs and a very cool vanity mirror with a big red lip imprint that serves as a working nightlight.
The cherry-on-top, is the craft cocktail lounge downstairs, the Berkshire Room, with its barrel-aged concoctions.
Old Chicago Inn
Lakeview is an especially popular Chicago neighborhood home to the Old Chicago Inn. It’s the preferred place to stay for baseball fans, with legendary Wrigley Field just a few blocks away. Set within a historic Greystone building, you’ll be right in the middle of the action during the season, but if you’re more into history (and tossing a few back), Room No. 13 serves as the inn’s very own 1920’s-style speakeasy. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only, proper dress (meaning no denim or athletic wear, and dinner jackets for men) is required. Resident bartenders serve classic cocktails using recipes from the Jazz age and earlier, while sharing knowledge about the city’s prohibition era and gangster scene.
Rooms feature traditional décor with classic Chicago photography, while guests also enjoy complimentary robes and membership to a full gym.
Built in 1928, Hotel Lincoln once housed notable figures like playwright David Mamet and gangster Al Capone. Originally a neighborhood hotel, just a few years ago it went through a major makeover to become one of the city’s top boutique hotels, offering an alternative to the cluster of hotels in the Loop and along the Magnificent Mile.
Hotel Lincoln’s ideal location allows for sweeping views of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago, with many of its 184 rooms overlooking Lincoln Park. It sits near some of the best North Side music venues, as well as being near Wrigley Field, Lincoln Park Zoo and DePaul University. Its J. Parker Rooftop Bar offering what is arguably the most spectacular, unobstructed view in the city.
Rooms have a cheery vibe, with bright blankets, local artwork and modern amenities. Each one includes a 42” HDTV, coffeemaker, work space and a safe.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
This premiere luxury hotel sits in the Gold Coast neighborhood just steps from the Magnificent Mile. A favorite among both business travelers and couples in need of a romantic escape, it boasts extra-spacious suites that feature fireplaces, Carrara marble baths with Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries and executive desks.
The hotel also boasts a fabulous spa for indulging in a massage, along with a health club, an indoor pool and an onsite eatery, the Balsan European Bistro. A courtesy car is available for visiting destinations within a 2-mile radius as well.