Great for families: the chef hosts a daily cookie baking session, a “Candy Man” makes room calls with a cart full of candies and bathrooms are stocked with kid-sized robes.
Mixology-driven cocktails at the THE dec, a hot rooftop bar
What To Know
Not all rooms feature stellar views; go higher for the best
The hotel was last renovated in 2010
The hotel is above the Water Tower Place mall, so the lobby starts on the 12th floor
Parking on site
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Legendary, family-friendly luxury sleep atop a Magnificent Mile skyscraper
As is often the case, luxury starts with location, and the Ritz-Carlton Chicago’s perch above Michigan Avenue is choice. A gurgling marble fountain anchors the Art Nouveau lobby, but the star is the window wall peering out over the Mag Mile. All 435 guestrooms and suites have a classic style with creams, cool grays and slate blues complemented by dark wood furniture. Like the lobby, the star is again the panoramic views out of picture windows; they range from Navy Pier and Lake Michigan to the city’s famous architectural gems. You’re not likely to find a better spa in downtown Chicago, with treatments ranging from rejuvenating facials to healing massages or you can just hit the salon for a mani-pedi before a night on the town. Get to THE dec while the weather’s still warm to sip custom cocktails with the beautiful people high above Chicago’s most famous strip.
In the Area
The shopping all around the hotel is the best in the Midwest, but two of the best shops are right there below your hotel room: The Lego and American Girl Stores in Water Tower Place. When you’re ready to get the inside-bite on Chicago’s foodie scene head over to the West Loop’s Girl and the Goat, a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel. Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s menu of inventive small plates includes escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce, and roasted beets with green beans, white anchovy and avocado crème fraîche. In a city known for its architectural history, a tour is a must. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers year-round walking and bus tours and seasonal riverboat tours led by local certified docents. Speaking of impressive architecture, don’t miss the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago designed by Renzo Piano. The Art Institute is a must; pop in on a Thursday, when admission is free from 5 to 8 p.m. Millennium Park, a 24.5-acre urban escape the heart of the city, offers events and activities all year, from concerts in the summer to ice skating in the winter. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by starchitect Frank Gehry, and the Crown Fountain, an art installation featuring two 50-foot towers with moving faces of Chicago residents, are highlights.
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
160 E Pearson Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
How to Get There
The closest major airports to The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) are:Chicago, IL (MDW-Midway Intl.) - 15.6 km / 9.7 miChicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) - 24.9 km / 15.5 miThe preferred airport for The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) is Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.). Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.