5 hotels with great lobby bars in Chicago

1) Cira

Though technically a full-service restaurant, Cira’s footprint is so large, there are plenty of pockets for everything from coffee dates to solo scrolling by the always-roaring fire. By day, comfortable couches and a welcoming, naturally lit bar welcome leisurely lunches, and the local after-work crowd moves in for happy hour as the lights dim.

Cira restaurant at the Hoxton Hotel

at: The Hoxton, 200 North Green Street, Fulton Market

+1 312 761 1777


2) The Library

The size of this little coffee/cocktail bar lends it an intimate feel that’s immediately cozy. With eye-catching portraits on the walls, leather chairs facing a custom limestone fireplace, and low-slung couches and coffee tables stacked with art monographs, it’s as comfortable as a posh friend’s reading room.

The Library at the Ambassador Hotel in Chicago

Giovanni Simeone

at: Ambassador Chicago, 1301 North State Parkway, Gold Coast

+1 312 787 3700


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3) Salone Nico

A welcome respite from buzzy Rush Street, this understated lobby bar is a quiet and comfortable location for a solo glass of wine or a shared bottle and bites. Though the hotel’s check-in desk is nearby, a fireplace and club chairs break up the room, creating space to spread out.

an inviting lobby at Salone Nico in Chicago

at: Thompson Hotel 21, East Bellevue Place, Gold Coast

+1 312 994 7100


4) Drawing Room

With tall ceilings, dark lighting and handsome leather, the aptly named Drawing Room is a comfortable gathering place for comings and goings of locals and travelers alike. Library tables, cozy nooks, and fireside leather couches are all up for grabs, and unobtrusive staff regularly make the rounds offering beverages and bites, if you’re hungry.

oriental interior at the Drawing Room in Chicago

at: Chicago Athletic Association, 12 Street Michigan Avenue, The Loop

+1 312 792 3536


5) Broken Shaker

Fuzzy wall hangings, a red brick fireplace, retro totems and yellow table-lamp lighting lend this famous cocktail spot a kitschy vibe that’s ideal for killing a few hours. Banquette seating is mixed with low-slung couches and side tables for a range of seating options, and a recently added all-day menu means you’ll never go hungry.

Lobby and bar at the Broken Shaker in Chicago

at: Freehand Hotel 19, East Ohio Street, River North

+1 312 940 3699


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