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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
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I checked in 9/9 so this is the up to date real deal with real shots
Quite simply do not believe the room shots . The rooms really need an over haul. The pictures tell the story . About 10% of the room is unusable corridor, there is no separate shower and the shot I took across the room is exactly that , the diagonal of what is a small room. Ritz Carlton should not be allowed to get away with with this.
Compare this to their shots on their site, mmmmm , no lounge , no coffee table no nice drapes. Feels way less than a Ritz should and it is not worth 400 plus tax a night. I spend 50-60 nights a year in hotels, I am headed back to a Four Seasons or a Peninsula when I am in the US, I will pay more and I will get value. Once bitten twice shy.
This is a lovely hotel. Every single staff member was professional, helpful, gracious, friendly. It's in a great location! The rooms were lovely, and very quiet, all with great views of Chicago. It's next to a mall if you need anything, and a very short walk to the John Hancock building which has wonderful views on the 95th floor.
We just planned a really quick trip to Chicago and enjoyed it thoroughly.
The Ritz Carlton was perfect in every way.
The location was great
Wonderful amenities and service. We will definitely return when we can