Best hotels & accommodations in Chicago

We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Chicago as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places that have at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.

 

Best cheap hotel in Chicago: Acme Hotel Company

Best boutique hotel in Chicago: Viceroy Chicago

Best luxury hotel in Chicago: Langham Hotel

Best hostel in Chicago: Hostel Holiday Jones

 

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The Langham Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Fodors, New York Times, Frommers, Telegraph

4.8
234 euro 208 gbp 289 usd 30634 jpy 225 cad 225 aud 2262 hkd 381 sgd 271 chf 1835 cny 2384 sek 1745 dkk 2251 nok

Acme Hotel Company, Chicago

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Lonely Planet, Telegraph

4.5
57 euro 51 gbp 71 usd 7526 jpy 55 cad 55 aud 555 hkd 93 sgd 66 chf 450 cny 585 sek 428 dkk 553 nok

Hotel Lincoln, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Fodors, Frommers, Telegraph

4.3
115 euro 102 gbp 142 usd 15052 jpy 110 cad 110 aud 1111 hkd 187 sgd 133 chf 901 cny 1171 sek 857 dkk 1106 nok

Hotel Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Frommers, Fodors, Telegraph

4.7
232 euro 206 gbp 287 usd 30422 jpy 223 cad 223 aud 2247 hkd 378 sgd 269 chf 1822 cny 2367 sek 1733 dkk 2235 nok

The Thompson Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Telegraph

4.7
144 euro 128 gbp 178 usd 18868 jpy 138 cad 138 aud 1393 hkd 234 sgd 167 chf 1130 cny 1468 sek 1075 dkk 1386 nok

The Godfrey Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Telegraph

4.5
79 euro 70 gbp 98 usd 10388 jpy 76 cad 76 aud 767 hkd 129 sgd 92 chf 622 cny 808 sek 591 dkk 763 nok

Athletic Association Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

New York Times, Telegraph

4.6
112 euro 100 gbp 139 usd 14734 jpy 108 cad 108 aud 1088 hkd 183 sgd 130 chf 882 cny 1146 sek 839 dkk 1082 nok

Virgin Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet, Telegraph

4.7
96 euro 85 gbp 119 usd 12614 jpy 92 cad 92 aud 931 hkd 157 sgd 111 chf 755 cny 981 sek 718 dkk 927 nok

Ace Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

CN Traveler, Telegraph

4.5
144 euro 128 gbp 179 usd 18974 jpy 139 cad 139 aud 1401 hkd 236 sgd 168 chf 1136 cny 1476 sek 1081 dkk 1394 nok

Hostel Holiday Jones, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.3
13 euro 12 gbp 17 usd 1802 jpy 13 cad 13 aud 133 hkd 22 sgd 15 chf 107 cny 140 sek 102 dkk 132 nok

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.4
64 euro 57 gbp 80 usd 8480 jpy 62 cad 62 aud 626 hkd 105 sgd 75 chf 508 cny 660 sek 483 dkk 623 nok

Staypineapple at The Alise Hotel, Chicago

Reccomended by:

Lonely Planet

4.6
80 euro 71 gbp 99 usd 10494 jpy 77 cad 77 aud 775 hkd 130 sgd 93 chf 628 cny 816 sek 597 dkk 771 nok

FAQ

What are the best neighborhoods to stay in Chicago?

Chicago is a city in the Midwestern U.S. state of Illinois and is the third largest city in the U.S. by population. Some of the best neighborhoods in Chicago are:

Bridgeport
Bridgeport is a working-class neighborhood that is transforming with the establishment of bakeries, bars, and restaurants. The area is acclaimed for its bars and breweries that serve best drinks in the city. Schaller’s Pump, the oldest bar in the city, is located in the neighborhood.

Chinatown
The Chinatown neighborhood in Chicago is not as big as the Chinatowns located in San Francisco or New York but is large enough for you to remain entertained all through your stay. The neighborhood has Chinatown Square that houses the biggest Chinese shopping mall in the Midwestern region, Chinatown Gate, or Wentworth Avenue for delicious dim sum treats.

Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a neighborhood that is located in the southern side of the city and is a cultural throve and is the home to the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago campus, the home of former President Barack Obama, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, among several other places.

Uptown
Uptown is a neighborhood in the city that is a lively blend of old and Chicago. The neighborhood offers some of the best Vietnamese food that can be found in the city. The neighborhood is the home to Aragon Ballroom, Riviera, Art Deco architecture, and restored movie palaces.

Wicker Park
Wicker Park is a neighborhood that is replete with vegetarian restaurants, vintage boutiques, artisanal donut shops, tree-lined streets, and other beautiful features.

Also check out our guide about the best areas to stay in Chicago.

How much does it cost to stay in a Chicago hotel?

Hotels in Chicago aren't cheap. For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $170 per night and for a 4-star Chicago hotel you would be looking at $225 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star hotel then you can expect to pay around $400 per night.

What is the best luxury hotel in Chicago?

If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Chicago, then go for Langham Hotel. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it.
Also check out our list of the best luxury hotels in Chicago, it's a manually curated list of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in the city.

What is the best boutique hotel in Chicago?

You like some luxury but don't like the famous chain hotels. If you're looking for the best boutique hotel in Chicago, you should check out Viceroy Chicago. It's a very cool hotel that has been highly recommended by travelers and experts.
Also check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Chicago, it's a manually curated list of the most unique and romantic hotels in the city.

What is the best budget hotel in Chicago?

If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Chicago, then try Acme Hotel Company. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews. Also check out our list of the best cheap hotels in Chicago.

What is the best hostel in Chicago?

If you're looking for a great hostel in Chicago, then you should check out Hostel Holiday Jones. The hostel has magnificent reviews by backpackers, it has been recommended by well-known travel experts and it's in a good location. Also check out our list of best hostels in Chicago.

Which Chicago hotels offer the best rooftop bar?

Looking for a drink with a view in Chicago? Try The Godfrey Hotel, Hotel Lincoln or the Virgin Hotel. All those hotels have excellent customer reviews for the rooftop bars.

Which Chicago hotel serves a great breakfast?

The Langham Hotel is probably your best bet if you're looking to start the day with a great breakfast. Customers have rated the breakfast buffet there as excellent.

Which Chicago hotels are good for a romantic getaway?

If you're looking for a great Chicago hotel for couples then try The Thompson Hotel or The Langham Hotel. Both hotels have excellent customer review ratings by couples.

What are the best things to do in Chicago?

Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office. Cruise along the Chicago River on a 75-minute tour, and discover hidden architectural gems among the city’s renowned landmarks. Led by a docent providing live narration, the tour passes more than 40 structures, and sails under historic bridges. Price: $36.

Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago. With a historian as your guide, you’ll step back to the roaring 20’s, when the Chicago Loop was a hub for bootleggers, speakeasies, and gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Price: $27.

Bikes, Bites, and Brews: Chicago's Signature Dishes Bike Tour. Chicago dogs, deep-dish pizza, cupcakes and craft beer are all sampled on this half-day bike tour through the Windy City. Cover about 13 miles (21 km), following an informative guide at a moderate pace. Price $80.

More things to do in Chicago

About Chicago

One of the most popular cities in the United States, Chicago is a hit with visitors of all stripes. The city is known for its natural beauty and has been called the “City of Big Shoulders.” It welcomed over 53 million visitors in 2017, making it one of the top destinations in the country.

When visiting Chicago, you’ll have no shortage of things to see and do. From major cultural landmarks to hidden gems, this city has it all. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Windy City.

There are many reasons to visit Chicago. For starters, it’s one of the world’s most livable cities. What does that mean? It means that you can walk around without fear (most of the time), enjoy some authentic deep-dish pizza, and experience a truly diverse culture.

Chicago also has one of the largest economies in the United States. That translates to lots of jobs and opportunities for residents. The city has an average commute time of just 20 minutes, which means more time with family, friends, and hobbies.

Die-hard sports fans will love this city as well. Chicago is home to four major league teams: The Chicago Bears, The Chicago Cubs, The Chicago Blackhawks, and The Chicago White Sox.

Finally, there are plenty of things to see and do for visitors in Chicago. From seeing the city’s beautiful skyline at sunset or enjoying world-class shopping opportunities on Clark Street; there’s no shortage of unique attractions in this city!

One of the best ways to see the city is by taking a walking tour. There are plenty of guided tours offered in Chicago, with varying lengths and interests. You can go on a self-guided tour or sign up for one that provides commentary about various attractions and neighborhoods. Either way, you’ll learn more about the history of Chicago while also seeing some of its most famous landmarks.

If you want to explore the natural beauty that surrounds Chicago, head to Millennium Park. The park offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and is home to many attractions like Cloud Gate, aka “the Bean.” Don’t forget to visit Buckingham Fountain, which is located just north of the park.

The Magnificent Mile is another popular attraction in the city and features high-end stores as well as world-class restaurants and hotels. There are also plenty of outdoor activities available in this area like kayaking along Lake Michigan or boating on Navy Pier.

Many visitors enjoy dining at some of Chicago’s top restaurants like Topolobampo or Alinea. If you want to try local cuisine, be sure to check out these spots for delicious food with a twist!

Chicago has plenty to offer visitors looking for both culture and adventure!

There are many museums in Chicago. Some of the most popular ones include the Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago (one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country), and Adler Planetarium. These are some of the best places to visit for a glimpse into Chicago’s world-renowned culture.

Regardless of your tastes, The Chicago Art Institute is a must for any Chicago visitor. It houses one of the largest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world, as well as American and European paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also has some fantastic temporary exhibitions that are worth checking out.

Navy Pier is a cultural landmark on Lake Michigan that has been around since 1916. There’s something for everyone at Navy Pier. You can take in the views from its observation deck, go shopping in its stores, take a boat ride, or enjoy some entertainment at its theaters and amphitheater.

Millennium Park features an outdoor ice skating rink (during winter), a public art installation with lights called Crown Fountain, and a beautiful garden called Lurie Gardens on top of all the other attractions it has to offer visitors like Grant Park (Chicago’s Central Park) and Cloud Gate (the so-called “Bean”).

Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) is an iconic skyscraper standing at 1,450 feet high – higher than any other building in America except One World Trade Center in New York City! The tower was originally built by Sears Roebuck & Company but was purchased by local real estate firm Willis Group Holdings in 2004 who promptly changed its name to reflect the new ownership. Its observatory is open.

Find the perfect souvenir of your trip at one of these Chicago shopping destinations. You have a lot to choose from when it comes to shopping in Chicago. In fact, the city’s major department stores carry some of the biggest brands in the world. You can find brand names like Nike, Adidas, and Victoria’s Secret at stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom. If you are looking for something more niche, there are also small boutiques scattered throughout the city that specialize in high-end clothes and jewelry.

As far as destinations go, you can’t be blamed for thinking that Michigan Avenue is the place for all your shopping needs in Chicago. This famous street boasts a number of major department stores including Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, and Saks Fifth Avenue. It also houses popular retailers like Gucci and Tiffany & Co., not to mention plenty of other smaller shops that make up “The Magnificent Mile” – a stretch with over 500 shops in total!

You might also want to consider taking a stroll down The Gold Coast – traditionally Chicago’s wealthiest neighborhood. This would give you the opportunity to check out prestigious Chicago landmarks such as Water Tower Place or The Drake Hotel while browsing luxury boutiques like Chanel or Hermes on Illinois Street.

No matter what kind of store you prefer, this article should have given you an idea of where to start looking when visiting Chicago!

Many visitors to Chicago head straight for the city’s two most iconic attractions: Navy Pier and The Bean. Located on the city’s waterfront, Navy Pier is a mixed-use entertainment complex with an amusement park, aquarium, shops and restaurants.

The bean is more of a question mark than a monument. John Tauranac designed this modern sculpture in collaboration with artist Anish Kapoor in honor of the World Trade Center. When it was unveiled in 1989, it became an instant hit with photographers who delight in capturing its reflective qualities.

Chicago’s skyline is also a major sight to see as you enter the city by way of Lake Shore Drive. You’ll be able to spot several buildings from this vantage point, including Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) and even Trump Tower Chicago!

Chicago, with its rich culture and iconic landmarks, is one of America’s most popular destinations. Chicago is also a trendsetter; it saw the creation of the first standardized futures contracts at the Chicago Board of Trade which today now accounts for 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures.

Want to get to know the city a bit better? Check out our guide about where to stay in Chicago, it includes recommendations about the best areas, museums, attractions and other things to do.

If you like our list of the best hotels in Chicago, then you should also check out our selection of recommended hotels in Cincinnati or the best hotels in Detroit.