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The 10 Best Boutique Hotels In Chicago
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The 10 Best Boutique Hotels In Chicago

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Cosmopolitan vibe meets timeless elegance in these 10 outstanding boutique hotels in Chicago. From artistic hotspots to historic locations, we profile the most beautiful, daring and luxurious accommodations in the Illinois metropolis.

The Langham

In July 2013 The Langham Chicago took over the first 13 floors of the iconic IBM building designed by famed architect Mies van der Rohe. The luxury accommodation includes rooms designed by London based firm Richmond International while its world class fine dining establishment, Tavelle, boasts cutting-edge modern design by David Rockwell.

The Langham Chicago, 330 N Wabash Ave Chicago, IL USA 312-923-9988


Courtesy of The Langham
Courtesy of The Langham

The James

Truly an arts hotel, The James features two gallery spaces with rotating exhibitions showing current projects by Chicago-based and international artists. In addition, The James is a mere block away from the Magnificent Mile, where visitors can explore Chicago’s vibrant museums and visit the city’s many excellent restaurants and eateries.

The James Chicago, 55 E Ontario St Chicago, IL USA 312-337-1000


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Courtesy of The James Chicago

ACME Hotel Company

This River North boutique hotel places creativity, innovation and self expression at the centre of its mission. Artworks can be seen throughout the hotel, from the retro style lobby mural by artist Brian Tull to the Bare Painted Ladies installation, a local artist commission suspended in the hotel’s exterior light wells and visible from the windows of each guest room.

ACME Hotel Company, 15 E Ohio St Chicago, IL USA 312-894-0800

Courtesy of ACME Hotel | © Think Leigh Photography
Courtesy of ACME Hotel | © Think Leigh Photography

The Drake

The Drake opened along Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. This monumental Italian Renaissance style building has played host to the world’s rich and famous. Figures like Bing Crosby and Charles Lindbergh have mingled in the grand, chandeliered lobby, enjoyed a drink in the post-Prohibition era whisky bar and dined in the award winning Medieval style dining room.

The Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Pl Chicago, IL USA 312-787-2200


Longman & Eagle

A trendy design hotel sitting atop a Michelin-starred restaurant and a whisky bar serving over 150 different whiskies, Longman & Eagle is a foodie traveller’s dream come true. Designer furniture by Robert McAdams and Jon Martin, as well as vintage decorative touches and original artwork adorn each of the rooms. What’s more, the regional American cooking downstairs is amazing, and one can hardly be faulted for never stepping outside of the hotel’s Logan Square locale.

Longman & Eagle, 2657 N Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL USA 773-276-7110

Longman & Eagle © Clayton Hauck
Longman & Eagle © Clayton Hauck

The Palmer House Hilton

As one of the longest continually operating hotels in the united states, Chicago’s spectacular Palmer House Hilton, opened in 1873 by business magnate Potter Palmer, was also the first US hotel to boast electric lights and telephones in each of its guest rooms. This historical residence maintains the charm and 19th century grandeur of its early years, including an awe-inspiring ceiling fresco by artist Louis Pierre Rigal.

Palmer House, 17 E Monroe St Chicago, IL USA 312-726-7500

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Courtesy of The Palmer House Hilton

Hotel Lincoln

Each room of Hotel Lincoln features original artwork and cool-vintage design details. Yet the trendy facade of this quirky boutique hotel hides a colourful history. Built during the 1920s during Prohibition, the hotel hosted a variety of characters, among them notorious gangster Al Capone and Chicago’s North-Side literary and stage crowd, all of whom frequented the on-site speakeasy.

Hotel Lincoln, 1816 N Clark St Chicago, IL USA 312-254-4700


Hotel Chicago Downtown

Located adjacent to Chicago’s iconic House of Blues, Hotel Chicago’s eclectic Art Deco-inspired décor and undeniably central location near The Loop, Navy Pier and Millennium Park make this hotel a favourite amongst the urban-chic crowd. In addition, Hotel Chicago’s Crimson Lounge wins rave reviews for its swanky Victorian-vintage style and chic yet comfortable ambiance.

Hotel Chicago, 333 N Dearborn St Chicago, IL USA 312-245-0333


The Renaissance Blackstone

The Renaissance Blackstone is one of Chicago’s most historic accommodations, having opened in 1910 in a tastefully renovated French Beaux Art building. Original interior features such as elegant chandeliers, gilt wood panelling and grand guest rooms are juxtaposed with exquisite contemporary design. The hotel was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1986 and recognised as a Chicago landmark in 1998.

Renaissance Blackstone, 636 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL USA 312-447-0955


The Millennium Knickerbocker

The celebrated Millennium Knickerbocker hotel was erected in 1927 and sits within blocks of the Magnificent Mile, the iconic John Hancock Centre and the landmark Chicago Water Tower. Renowned architects Rissman and Hirshfield designed the impressive Gothic inspired structure as a notable addition to the famous Chicago skyline. Inside, original Art Deco style floors, wood panelled ceilings with brass medallions and the extravagant Crystal Ballroom continue to wow visitors.

Millennium Knickerbocker, 163 E Walton Pl Chicago, IL USA 312-751-8100