Loews Chicago Hotel
What We Love
- Kid- and pet-friendly
- The Spa at Loews Chicago specializes in anti-aging therapies in partnership with HydroPeptide
- Room service is available 24/7
- Unique artwork throughout the property, including the Carl Sandburg poem “Chicago,” printed on the inside of the elevator
What To Know
- Make reservations in advance for Rural Society, the Argentine-style steakhouse helmed by star chef Jose Garces
- Chicago’s largest rooftop bar, Streeterville Social, is open during the summer months only
- Self-parking costs $38 per day and valet parking costs $67 per day
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Opened in March 2015, the Loews Chicago is already a standout on the Chi-Town cityscape and hotel scene, housed in a purpose-built skyscraper at 455 North Park just off East Illinois St. The hotel occupies floors one to 14 (the remaining 38 stories are for residential use), but packs a punch with 375 guestrooms and 25 suites, a Jose Garces–helmed Argentinian restaurant, a wealth of Chicago-influenced artwork and the knockout 9,000-square-foot rooftop bar with a swimming pool, bar, yoga terrace and views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. Guestrooms are less flashy than the public spaces, done up in muted slate grays, whites and oak tones, all with King or Queen beds, flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers and complimentary WiFi. Modern bathrooms have walk-in showers and posh amenities by Davines. Most impressive are the skyline views framed in floor-to-ceiling windows. Book in advance to dine at Rural Society, the Argentine steak eatery from Iron Chef–winner Jose Garces, or go for lighter bites and cocktails at the next-door lobby bar, ETA. The seasonal rooftop bar, Streeterville Social, is a show-stopping 9,000-square-foot space for drinking, grazing, yoga classes, swim sessions and admiring the classic Chicago views.
In the Area
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 the 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, Mantuano also runs Spiagga, a favorite of President Obama’s for its James Beard-nominated Italian fare.
How to Get There
We stayed four nights at the Loews Chicago the weekend after Labor Day weekend. The primary reason that we booked this hotel was that we wanted to spend time in the sun on the roof deck hanging out, drinking at the bar, and relaxing.
Unfortunately, this plan was not to be at all because the roof deck and adjacent restaurant basically go into hibernation the second Labor Day weekend passes, despite the fact that it was still 85 degrees outside. The restaurant wasn't open until 5, if at all (it was booked for private occasions a few nights we were there) and the roof patio was closed the ENTIRE time we were there. So much for that bit of false advertising.
The lobby bar is nice, and the restaurant adjacent to the lobby is good. We had weird experiences here too though where we started at the bar in the restaurant around 11am, then at 12 were asked to move to the bar in the lobby because the restaurant was closing, then two hours later were asked to move back. The restaurant and bar hours didn't seem to be posted anywhere, and when they were, they were incorrect.
Basically we didn't feel like we knew where to go to drink and relax so we just ended up leaving the hotel.
The rooms were very nice. Good views, great locations. But honestly, it was pricey for what you got and for the fact that we couldn't take advantage of most of the advertised amenities.
Chicago has such a wealth of good properties, I suspect that I will try somewhere else next time I am there.
The hotel is on a terrific location. The staff are delightful and very attentive to guest needs. The rooms are lovely, but I cannot see that they have appointments that justify $500/night (although we paid a bit less being with a group). My biggest beef is parking. The hotel charges $69/day to valet park in the parking garage across the street. $69 a day in addition to $500 for a room seems crazy. I was also told that if I wanted to self park in that garage, it would be "only" $42 per day. I then checked spothero and the exact same garage for a day was $29. So, in addition to a $500 room, Loews feels justified in charging you a 30% premium for parking your own car in the same lot. Again, lovely location, wonderful staff, but I just don't see the justification for the prices they charge.
The Hotel, the amenities and the food was outstanding. I went to Chicago to celebrate both mine and my sons birthdays. the Hotel staff/ concierge had individualized birthday cakes sent to the suite and made amazing suggestions for our time together. It is a terrific weekend getaway.
A good hotel, but nothing out of the ordinary really. Drinks were expensive, food in the restaurant ridiculously expensive, terrace bar never opened for many excuses they gave us.....room was normal, mattress sank too much.
Try another hotel for less it will be as good.
Really enjoyed our stay at Loews downtown. Beautiful lobby with a bar and Starbucks. Our room was spacious and comfortable with a magnificent view. Great service. Highly recommend - plan on staying again at Loews next time I´m in Chicago.