Luxury Hotels in Chicago

Chicago, often renowned for its rich history, iconic architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, is also home to a collection of world-class luxury hotels, experiences, and dining options.

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Chicago, often renowned for its rich history, iconic architecture, and vibrant cultural scene, is also home to a collection of world-class luxury hotels, experiences, and dining options. Of course, one of the most important aspects of your trip will be where your day starts and ends—the hotel. So here is a list of the finest five-star hotels in Chicago along with where to eat, where to play, and what to see to make your experience as memorable as possible.

Langham Chicago

Perched along the Chicago River, the Langham Chicago is a sanctuary of tranquility in the midst of the city’s vibrant energy. The moment you step into the hotel and become surrounded by the timeless architecture, you’ll understand why this location ranks so high amongst five-star hotels in Chicago. While you’re there, you’ll be able to bring out your inner aristocrat by enjoying High Tea, or unwind at the Chuan Spa, a unique urban oasis that offers holistic treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine. 

The hotel's commitment to wellness continues with its in-house restaurant, Travelle. They blend global flavors with contemporary techniques created by fresh, locally sourced ingredients for a nourishing and indulgent meal. 

If you’re visiting in the warmer months, the Langham is only a quick walk away from Chicago’s famous architecture tour, where you’ll glide comfortably down the river while learning the great history of the city from one of its amazing guides.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Situated in the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is one of the most elegant hotels on our list. Designed by Lucien Lagrange in the style of a Parisian hotel, The Waldorf puts you in a different world the moment you walk through their doors. Dive into their glamorous rooms or dip into their renowned spa for expert relaxation. They are also celebrated for their commitment to personalized service, ensuring that every guest’s stay is tailored to their preferences. 

For in-hotel dining, Brass Tack is a laid-back upscale option that blends classic ambiance with a Chicago twist. And within walking distance of the hotel, you’ll find plenty of high-end boutiques on Oak Street, making this spot perfect for all you shopaholics. 

For a night out, the Waldorf’s location makes it easy to reach all of the best experiences Chicago can offer, like the shows at the Chicago Theatre and Broadway in Chicago.

Viceroy Chicago

Another five-star stop is the Viceroy Chicago, housed on the site of a 120-year-old landmark building near the excellent shopping of Michigan Avenue, otherwise known as the Magnificent Mile. This hotel is perfect for those seeking a modern retreat with a chic ambiance and contemporary luxury. Always on the forefront of what’s trending, you’ll be surrounded by curated collections showcasing the works of local and international artists as you venture up to its famous rooftop lounge with a panoramic view of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. 

In addition, this hotel is a great spot for parents of little ones. Their special program, V Team Kids, gives you and your family amenities and activities like beekeeping, picnic lunches, scavenger hunts, and board games; all of it geared towards making any trip a magical experience for you and your kids. 

For an experience perfect for just you and your partner, the Viceroy is by the AIRE Ancient Bath, an underground bathhouse inspired by ancient Roman, Greek, and Ottoman civilizations immersing you in an environment of sophistication and relaxation.

The Peninsula Chicago

Here’s a hotel that achieves the pinnacle of luxury—The Peninsula. This hotel will strongly appeal to the traveler seeking opulence. From the Bernardaud China provided for your morning espresso to the 19-inch TV inset next to the soaking tub, The Peninsula delivers fantastic suites and plenty of top-of-the-line amenities that do not disappoint. And if you’re lucky, you may even find a celebrity or two walking through the lobby.  

Some of their amenities include a spa, a top-floor pool that allows guests to swim laps with a great view of Chicago architecture, and a multitude of dining options like the Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea lovers and the Shanghai Terrace that serves authentic Cantonese cuisine and dim sum lunches. 

And for a romantic evening, or if you’re simply in the mood for something out of the ordinary, The Peninsula has the only hotel skating rink in Chicago. Perched on the Terrace overlooking Michigan Avenue, you can enjoy festive music and winter wonderland themes on this seasonal ice rink as you skate above the city while simultaneously supporting a good cause. 100% of the ice skate rental proceeds go to two Chicago children’s charities: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Hephzibah Children’s Association.

Four Seasons Chicago

Another contender for the king of opulence is Four Seasons. Their service is unparalleled with a concierge that is always trying to predict your needs and deliver on them before you’ve even asked. The rooms give a residential feel, many with separate spaces for the living room and the bedroom, all with stellar skyline views. 

But what takes center stage at this hotel are its restaurants, especially Adorn, featuring American contemporary cuisine crafted by chef Richie Farina that will always result in a memorable meal. Be sure to try Chef Farina’s famous eggs and caviar.  

It also boasts an extensive art collection with works from Warhol to Matisse, but if that’s not enough, you’re a quick drive to the Art Institute of Chicago, home to one of the best impressionist wings outside the Louvre, or a short walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art for a deep dive into unique artistic works like past collections of Warhol, Ruff, and Lichtenstein.

Trump International Hotel and Tower

Soaring 92 stories, the 339-room Trump International Hotel and Tower is the tallest hotel on our list. This equates to some of the most impeccable views of Chicago for its guests within the huge, tasteful rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and limestone bathrooms. 

You’ll also find a long list of first-rate amenities including restaurants like Terrace 16 and Rebar, a big indoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a rejuvenating spa. The hotel’s amenities also extend to man’s best friend. They offer a pet program that provides gourmet treats, plush dog beds, water bowls and fresh bottled water, toys, a map of the city highlighting fun outdoor-friendly parks, and even pet walking services, so you can feel comfortable traveling with your four-legged friends.

Its central location right along the Chicago River also gives you access to all of the best shopping and keeps you close to the landmarks and amazing restaurants so you’ll never be bored.

Park Hyatt Chicago

For those seeking a refined urban retreat, the Park Hyatt Chicago, situated on Michigan Ave. near the historic Water Tower, is a prime example of understated luxury that doesn’t lose sight of coziness. Jump into a plush bed or sink into a large soaking tub with a glass of wine before hitting all the premiere shopping brands on the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street.

The Park Hyatt has an attentive and dutiful staff that will react to requests with professionalism and efficiency, whether it’s a room service order or an issue needing a quick fix, they’re on it. They also have a rooftop garden that collects a healthy crowd for happy hour and an award-winning on-site restaurant named NoMI that serves delicious American cuisine.

But perhaps you have an itch to try a meal you won’t find anywhere else. The Park Hyatt is close to Indienne, Chicago’s only Michelin-starred Indian restaurant. 

Whatever it is you’re trying to find in Chicago, the Park Hyatt is an excellent choice for a relaxed and cozy base with all of the benefits of a luxury stay.

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

When many travelers think luxury, they think Ritz, a historic brand with luxury hotels spread across the world. The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago adds to that collection beautifully. Each segment of the hotel will draw your eyes and entice you to sit down in fine attire while you nurse your favorite cocktail. Take the glass-roofed cafe for example. This beautiful space is inspired by the warmth of a greenhouse and serves coffee during the day and specialty drinks at night.

Moreover, the hotel's central location allows for easy access to so many wonderful Chicago experiences. Go ice skating at Millennium Park or Maggie Daley skating rink, grab a coffee at the world’s largest Starbucks, AKA the Chicago Roastery, or if you have children, create a special day with personalized shopping at American Girl Place Chicago.

And when you get back for dinner, be sure to try the in-house restaurant, Torali, a delicious steakhouse with an Italian twist. Wines, pastas, cocktails and more, all within the Ritz. If you’ve already eaten, you can always be professionally pampered at K’Alma, their recently renovated spa that brings you to the heights of relaxation.

The St. Regis Chicago

Before you walk into our next hotel, The St. Regis, you’ll be struck by the ineffable beauty of the skyscraper it calls home. One of the newest buildings to grace the Chicago skyline, this trio of towers by renowned architect Jeanne Gang is officially the tallest skyscraper designed by a woman in the world.

Then, when you make your way in, you’re welcomed by 5-star comfort and their signature St. Regis Butler Service, a program that has led the art of butlery in North America for the past 100 years. Beyond their traditional services like in-room coffee and tea service on arrival, the St. Regis connects guests with an eButler, giving them access to a butler at any time, day or night. Or maybe you need a hot ticket to a show like Hamilton or a reservation at a popular restaurant. Their concierge will be sure to accommodate you. For an impeccable on-site option, try Miru, expertly crafted sushi that successfully celebrates the flavors of Japan. 

The St. Regis offers sleek rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the entire city and views of Lake Michigan. It’s also near the Chicago Riverwalk, which is great for a run or scenic walk, and Navy Pier for a classically fun outing. Whatever your trip entails, the St. Regis won’t disappoint.

Sofitel Magnificent Mile

Sofitel Magnificent Mile, nestled in the Gold Coast neighborhood, seamlessly blends French luxury with Chicago's modern charm. This hotel stands out for its unique fusion of classic elegance and contemporary design, creating an atmosphere that is both refined and welcoming.

Sofitel is renowned for its dedication to art and culture, and the Magnificent Mile property is no exception. The hotel often hosts art exhibitions and cultural events, making it a dynamic hub for those with an appreciation for the arts. Its location is also perfect for exploring all the galleries the city has to offer. 

And let’s not forget about the food. If Sofitel is your pick, you must try Café des Architectes, a contemporary French restaurant with a bold red design along the walls and furniture. For restaurants surrounding the hotel that leave an impression, try Maple and Ash or the classy Adalina.

Explore Luxury in Chicago's Neighborhoods

Don’t forget to explore each unique neighborhood of the city for their own luxurious adventures. Lincoln Park is a great stop with fantastic boutique shopping on Armitage Avenue as well as phenomenal restaurants, including Alinea, a three Michelin-starred dining experience consistently voted in the top 50 restaurants in the world. Or stop by Lakeview, a perfect date night neighborhood with a multitude of theaters and restaurants like Sochi, a delicious Saigonese restaurant with a Michelin star, or Sapori Trattoria, if you’re in want of filling Italian food. Fulton Market also has a collection of luxury restaurants like Nobu, Girl and the Goat, and Aba, or if you can’t decide what to eat, head over to Time Out Market for a huge variety of cuisines.

There is no debate on whether or not Chicago is a premiere location for a full-fledged luxury getaway. No matter what area or hotel you choose, Chicago fills your itinerary with copious amounts of luxury, sophistication, and enjoyment. And not just your regular, run-of-the-mill “niceness,” these five-star hotels in Chicago each bring their own twist on true luxury and will ensure your stay is as comfortable and exciting as possible. So what are you waiting for? Dip your toes into Chicago luxury and book your trip today.