The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
What We Love
- Lake Michigan or skyline views
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
Love this hotel! I used to live right behind the hotel so very familiar with area but always qanted to stay here. Was completely and 100% impressed with the chic, timeless contemporary design of the main areas plus the rooms were impeccable. The level of service was also incredible and every staff person we encountered was helpful and friendly. BRAVO!
My wife and I stayed at the Ritz for 1 night to celebrate our anniversary, and we had such a great experience. We used points to book a standard city view room, and I called the hotel to see if there was anything special they could do for us. When we checked in we were told we had been upgraded to a suite with a view of Lake Michigan...but when we got to our room we realized it was an enormous suite with multi-directional views on one of their highest floors. Thank you Ritz!
I stayed at the Ritz for two nights for a business conference. I was very impressed.
The room was decorated well and very comfortable.
The bed was comfortable and a great size. The room was quiet. There was a robe in closet which was a nice touch. The high water pressure in shower was a pleasant surprise.
I took advantage of the overnight shoe valet and same day laundry service and both were excellent.
The conference space was great and the food was excellent.
Overall ver pleased
Stayed here for 4nights. I was there to run the Chicago Marathon. The hotel after an extensive renovation is wonderful. Service is top notch. The suite we where is was very well outfitted. I was contacted 1 week before of any needs. I had a special breakfast needed at 5am before my race. The night before I called in and low and behold they had my name and all my stuff ready to be delivered in the early am. I was blown away! I would stay here time and again. Location is also amazing
The Ritz Carlton is always a fabulous place to stay. The staff is very helpful- the room very nice, and the location is perfect. We were happy that they sent us up champagne to celebrate a special occasion. Such a nice touch!