InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
What We Love
- The ornate indoor junior Olympic swimming pool
- Cheese and chocolate flights with wine pairings at the award-winning Eno tasting room
- The only hotel with a front entrance on Michigan Avenue
What To Know
- The fitness room is open 24 hours
- All rooms feature tea- and coffeemaking facilities
- Valet parking is available for an additional $67 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Originally an elite athletic club dating from 1929, the InterContinental makes quite the first impression, with its marble column–flanked doorway on Michigan Avenue, which leads to a four-story lobby with a grand staircase. The 792 guestrooms feature comfy beds, work desks, minibars and bathrooms stocked with Agraria bath products. Suites also have living rooms separated by French doors, additional flat-screen TVs and bar areas. Head to the hotel’s award-winning Eno bar for a flight of cheeses, cured meats and chocolates paired with wines, or tuck into the hearty fare at Michael Jordan’s steakhouse. Work it all off with a visit to the hotel’s two-level health club and spa, which includes a heated junior Olympic swimming pool.
In the Area
The InterContinental makes a great home base for exploring the Windy City, as it’s the only hotel with a front entrance on Michigan Avenue, which is lined with shops, museums and restaurants. See the city from the water aboard a boat tour or from the seat of a bike, both easily booked at the Navy Pier, a 50-acre landmark featuring parks, gardens, rides and restaurants. Save time for a visit to world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works at the Art Institute of Chicago and, if you’re there on a Sunday, make a reservation for brunch at the museum’s Terzo Piano restaurant, from award-winning chef Tony Mantuano. Back on Michigan Avenue, Manuano also runs Spiagga, a favorite of President Obama’s for its James Beard–nominated Italian fare.
How to Get There
This hotel was very accommodating and the location was great for what we were doing. Walking distance to many things, including the Navy Pier, American Girl, and Garrett’s popcorn. The kids movie on Saturday night was a big hit for us. The hotel sent up a very large piece of cake to our room when they found out it was my daughter’s birthday. Very nice!
Stayed five nights in a very comfortable suite with the most luxurious bed and quiet air-conditioning. The buffet breakfast is generous with a wide variety of choices and it really sets one up for the day. The hotel is handy to everything. A special mention to the concierge service. The best I have encountered anywhere in the world.
I arrived incredibly early, well before the afternoon check in. I checked my bags with the bell and made my way to get breakfast. Before I finished breakfast, I had a call from the hotel that my room was ready for me. The room was clean and had everything I needed for my short 2 night stay.