A lavish free breakfast with an inventive menu that varies daily
One acre of outdoor space for ice skating in winter and soccer/croquet in summer
Free coffee, tea and WiFi
Some rooms have fireplaces
What To Know
Other than daily breakfast service, there is no restaurant on site
Check in 3-6:30 pm, unless arranged prior to arrival with staff
Great location for museum and attractions
In-room massage available upon request
Parking on site
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Stunning historic boutique hotel in an 1870 Chicago mansion with a winter ice-skating rink and an impressive art collection
Fit for demolition when the current owner picked it up in the 90s, this grand mansion has been updated to such impressive effect that it's been featured in numerous design magazines. It sports period-appropriate appointments with antiques collected from castles and estates throughout the world, museum-quality art, Ralph Lauren wallpaper and well-disguised mod cons, such as a hallway armoire that holds the ice maker.
Bed and Bath
Befitting this historic mansion, each of the 11 rooms varies in layout and design, though they share vintage décor in the way of oversized armoires (where the flat-screen TVs hide), plush area rugs and custom-made wood beds. Bathrooms are particularly inventive, with antiques chests reworked as vanities inlaid with sinks. Upgrade to a luxury suite to get a freestanding clawfoot tub in addition to the modern glassed-in shower, as well as a gas fireplace bracketed by cozy armchairs in a living area.
The grand living room is furnished with a plush sofa, oil paintings and a carved fireplace mantle. Generous breakfasts in the dining room might include French omelets or Italian frittatas. In fair weather, you can eat on the back porch in view of the European garden. The hotel stocks rental bikes and croquet in the summer, and floods a skating rink in winter.
In the Area
The neighborhood uniquely lies within walking distance from many popular draws, including the convention center McCormick Place, the NFL stadium Soldier Field, The Field Museum of natural history and the Shedd Aquarium, home to 32,000 animals. For dinner, book a meal at the nearby Acadia dishing decadent bacon-gouda burgers and creamy lobster rolls, and catch a show at legendary blues club Buddy Guy's or at speakeasy Tommy Gun's.
The Wheeler Mansion
2020 S Calumet Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60616
How to Get There
Flights are available to O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from ORD, about 20 miles away, and MDW, about 10 miles away, are approximately $75 to $95 and $55 to 65, respectively, per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Alternatively, taxis to/from ORD and MDW are available for approximately $40 to $65, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, self-parking is free, but availability is first-come-first-serve.