The Best Hotels With Balconies in Chicago

Live the high life in Chicago
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Amy Blyth

Looking for a room with a view? Chicago offers some of the country’s most staggering urban views, revealing a skyscraper-punctuated skyline, winding river and shimmering Lake Michigan. Enjoy your own private views of the Windy City by checking into one of the best hotels with balconies in Chicago. Many are set right in downtown and offer top-notch facilities.

1. The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Michigan Avenue Chicago


The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Michigan Avenue Chicago
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Come to the Gwen for glamorous Art Deco design, created by renowned sculptress Gwen Lux. Set near the House of Blues Chicago, the hotel boasts a 1930s style with carved stone panels, brass fixtures, geometric shapes and bold art. Suites have their own terraces with views of prestigious Michigan Avenue and a glimpse of Lake Michigan. Guests can also use the 24-hour fitness center and dine at the hotel’s two popular restaurants.

2. AC Hotels by Marriott Chicago Downtown


AC Hotels by Marriott Chicago Downtown
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AC Hotels lies on Rush Street and many of its rooms have balconies that overlook sprawling downtown Chicago. There’s a sleek European feel to this boutique hotel with earthy tones, minimalist décor and wooden flooring. Set just a block from Michigan Avenue, the hotel may be small and unassuming from the outside but rooms are comfy and there’s a gym, heated pool, bar and spy-themed restaurant.

3. Eurostars Magnificent Mile

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

Eurostars Magnificent Mile
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Stay at Eurostars for its acclaimed spa and location on the Magnificent Mile, which provides exquisite views of Chicago. Book the king room or junior suite for private balconies that showcase the cityscape, studded with landmark buildings and towering skyscrapers. The décor is avant-garde-inspired with hi-tech fittings, exposed cement ceilings and reclaimed wood floors. Head to the hotel’s Apogee Terrace on the 26th story for more impressive views accompanied by cocktails.

4. Park Hyatt Chicago


Park Hyatt
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As the original hotel in the Park Hyatt collection, you can expect sophisticated design just steps from Michigan Avenue. Guests can enjoy a spa, gym and seventh-floor pool with views of the city, as well as an art collection. Dine at the award-winning restaurant, NoMi, for sushi and seafood. The king bed with balcony room offers views overlooking the Magnificent Mile, as does the hotel’s outdoor bar, NoMi Garden.

5. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel


Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
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With its eye-catching wave exterior, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is one of Chicago’s most unusual hotels. Its prime downtown location, across from Millennium Park, affords views over these urban and lakeside landscapes, with balconies in many of the rooms and an outdoor terrace with a running track on the third floor. The Radisson is chock-full of art and offers modern amenities, such as a spa, pools, a gym with basketball court and movie theater.

6. Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Glenview/Northbrook


Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Glenview/Northbrook
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The Courtyard by Marriott lies just five minutes from Chicago Executive Airport but runs a free shuttle service within a five-mile radius, which will take you to the metro station for central Chicago. Its swish king room and suites have separate living rooms and work spaces, with mini-fridge and coffee maker, as well as balconies or patios that offer sweeping Chicago views. Visit the on-site bistro and Starbucks, and relax in the fitness center and indoor heated pool.

7. Thompson Chicago (Penthouse Suite, Thompson Suite)

Chain Hotel, Luxury

Thompson Chicago
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Check into the Penthouse Terrace Suite at the Thompson for uninterrupted views of Chicago’s skyline from your terrace. The loft-like layout has a separate seating area and deep soaking tub, decked out with American wood, leather and velvet. The Thompson Chicago also has rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, the most expensive with lake views. There’s a chic bar and gourmet Italian seafood and pasta restaurant on site.

8. The Hotel at Midtown Chicago (penthouse suite)


Hotel at Midtown
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If you’re looking for a balcony hotel with unbeatable fitness facilities, Hotel at Midtown has you covered. Opt for the penthouse suite for a wrap-around terrace with sunrise city view, as well as a lavish living room, dining area and kitchenette, spread over two floors. Explore the incredible fitness facilities, which include multiple pools, 16 tennis courts, gyms and studios for group classes. Guests can also take advantage of the gym and fantastic location five minutes from The Loop.

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