5 big, flashy hotels in Chicago

1) The Blackstone

Set in a grand Victorian building with all the trimmings, this luxury landmark hotel is famous for hosting presidents and celebrities. Inspired by early-1900s French architecture, its polished marble interiors are accented with gilded, neoclassical beaux-arts flourishes, lending a grand and important air to virtually every room. Modern works from local artists keeps things current.

marble hallways and luxury design at the Blackstone Chicago

Giovanni Simeone

636 South Michigan Avenue, South Loop

+1 312 447 0955


2) Hyatt Regency Chicago

The city’s largest hotel by far, existing on a Vegas-like scale. More than 2000 generously large rooms are scattered throughout its twin towers’ 228.000 square feet, which include several dining options, common spaces for meeting and lounging, and amenities including a game room.

a nice room at the Hyatt Regency

151 East Wacker Drive, The Loop

+1 312 565 1234


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3) Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

The roaring twenties are alive and well at this beautifully revived hotel. Home to the largest crystal chandelier in the country and a swimming pool to die for, the building has undergone a series of expensive and extensive rehabs including mural restorations completed by an art historian that previously worked on the Sistine Chapel.

a room at the Chicago Intercontinental

505 North Michigan Avenue, Magnificent Mile

+1 312 944 4100


4) Palmer House Hilton

The present-day Palmer House is the third version of Victorian-era developer Potter Palmer’s dream hotel, which became more opulent with each rebuild. This dazzling building with many art deco-era details hosts more than 1600 guest rooms.

imposing hall at the Palmer House Hilton

17 East Monroe Street, The Loop

+1 312 726 7500


5) The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Tucked just off of Michigan Avenue inside a tastefully simple, bellhop-flanked entrance is the city’s Ritz-Carlton. Take the elevators to the 12th-floor lobby: the newly refreshed, decidedly modern space offers a teaser of the soaring views.

modern room interior at the Ritz Carlton Chicago

160 East Pearson Street, Magnificent Mile

+1 312 266 1000


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