The University of Illinois Chicago campus is home to the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, celebrating the life and work of the Illinois-born feminist activist. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out nearby sights such as Maxwell Street Market and Union Station from one of these top hotels in Chicago, Illinois – bookable via Culture Trip.
British designer Tara Bernerd created the urban-chic interiors at this hotel in the Gold Coast neighborhood, from a lobby of dark leather and velvet, textured brick columns and bowl-shaped mirrors to the lake- and city-view rooms with speakeasy lighting, luxury linens and curvy velvet furniture. The on-site Nico Osteria specializes in Italian dishes, such as rigatoni with lamb bolognese, and sways abroad for breakfast, with options such as burritos and french toast. Meanwhile, Salone Nico is a wine bar and cocktail lounge. Oak Street Beach and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago are within walking distance.
This Venetian Gothic landmark, a former private club for athletes and members of high society, on buzzy Michigan Avenue retains its masculine features, such as tan leather pommel horses in some rooms, dark wood fittings and picture windows with beefy black frames. The hotel has multiple places to eat and drink, including Cindy’s, a glass-vaulted rooftop restaurant and bar overlooking Lake Michigan, and the Drawing Room, where original features include three enormous fireplaces and wooden relief walls.
Housed in a muscular 1920s high-rise once occupied by the London Guarantee & Accident HQ, this four-star hotel has the only tri-level rooftop bar in Chicago. Treat yourself to one of the vista rooms – available with a king or two doubles and views of the glittering river and its towering metallic banks through floor-to-ceiling windows. Before or after heading to the roof for cocktails, tuck into hearty Midwestern comfort food at Land & Lake Kitchen.
Beer, mussels and hats might seem like an unlikely combo, but they’re all important to this riverside Kimpton in the lively Chicago Loop. In a building that once housed the largest wholesale millinery in the USA, its Belgian bistro-inspired restaurant specializes in the black mollusks steamed in wine, beer or Thai-curry flavors and offers an impressive selection of tap, bottled and canned brews. Dressed in dark walnut and brocade, all rooms have bay window seating and brass hat hooks.
After 5pm, you’ll be surrounded by sharp-suited executives from the financial district in one of the two chic hangouts in this marble-clad hotel. Just off the lobby, indulge in caviar, rare wines and champagne in library-inspired Vol 39, a sultry saloon lined with leather-bound tomes. At Boleo, a rooftop lounge with a retractable glass roof, eat Argentinian- and Peruvian-inspired street food and sip mezcal-infused cocktails to live beats. Yoga mats and downtown views are standard in the sharp rooms with blue drapes.
This glass-walled behemoth manages to be both ultra-modern and slightly retro, blending sharp, contemporary lines with orange-brown carpets and chairs that wouldn’t have been out of place in the 1970s. Rooms are defined by an understated, mid-century decor, with whitewashed walls adorned with modern abstract art; most also have larger-than-life views of the Magnificent Mile. Japanese cuisine is served on the roof at Noyane, while Baptiste & Bottle is centered around bourbon. Stroll to nearby sights, including the Navy Pier and the Loop.