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What We Love

  • Great downtown location near the Magnificent Mile
  • Creative market-fresh fare at Café des Architectes
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • The property opened in 2002 and received a soft renovation in 2010
  • Le Bar closes at 1 a.m. – early by Chicago standards
  • Valet parking is $69 per day


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Sofitel's signature l'art de vivre in a stylish sleep steps from the Magnificent Mile

The Look

French architect Jean-Paul Viguier and an attentive staff bring a touch of l’art de vivre to the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower hotel. The asymmetrical facade, dotted with mosaic-like patterns of windows, stands out in a city crowded with architectural gems. The lobby is decorated in modern art pieces and warm jewel tones. Service here is stylish too: Staff could be straight out of a Louis Vuitton ad.

Bed and Bath

The 415 rooms have an understated modern elegance with blond wood accents, abstract art and a muted palette of cream and white against deep burgundy rugs. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook postcard views of the city. The marble bathrooms, large by city standards, have glass showers and tubs.


Dinner at the hotel’s nouveau French restaurant, Café des Architectes, is a treat, though be sure to make a reservation in advance. Using seasonal and local ingredients, chef Greg Biggers marries French technique with American flavors in dishes like seared foie gras with a sourdough waffle, pancetta-apple crisp ice cream and pickled brussels sprouts. Start your evening here or at Le Bar, where an eclectic clientele perches on vibrant banquettes.

In the Area

Tap into Chicago’s legendary music scene at Blue Chicago, a 15-minute walk away in the River North Neighborhood. Deep-dish pizza is an institution here. Sink your teeth into a cheesy bite at Giordano’s, about three blocks from the hotel. 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. Millennium Park, a 24.5-acre urban escape in the heart of the city, offers events and activities all year, from concerts in the summer to ice skating in the winter. The Jay Ritzier 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.

How to Get There

Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States


4.5 Very Good 4590 Reviews
Fantastic experience
Reviewed 1 day ago

Hotel staff was very accomading. Check in was a breeze. The room had an amazing view with all the amenities you would expect from a high class hotel. The bar was very nice and there is an nice lounge area outside.

Lovely hotel
Reviewed 3 days ago

Exellent location rooms lovely service impeccable. 5 star plus would strongly recommend a stay hear a hight floor for better views. Every thing on your door step great location straight on to the magnificent mile shops all around you

Magnificent hotel near the Magnificent Mile
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice hotel! The room was a nice size, clean and nicely decorated. Conveniently located near great shopping, restaurants and several Chicago attractions. The staff was friendly and service was phenomenal. Made for a great weekend getaway. Can’t wait to go back and we’ll definitely chose this hotel again.

Stylish hotel by the Magnificent Mile
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very comfortable hotel. Very convenient position for visiting the sights of Chicago. The room we had was in excellent condition and well equipped. The building itself is a fine piece of architecture. The restaurant was quite good but not as good as they thought it was. The evening meal we had was meant to be fine dining but didn't quite make the standard. Our inclusive breakfast menu was a little limiting.

The best there is in Chicago
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cosistant quality, and a staff that appreciates your stay. After a trying trip they moved us to there largest suite, with a great fireplace, the hotel manager at the time Monique, even paid us a visit. We have tried numerous