North America

Chicago: Nothing Second About This City

written by | Posted on November 1st, 2010

accommodations Staying in Chicago can be as much fun as playing in Chicago. Of course all the big hotel companies are here, and Chicago is particularly proud that it is home to 14 Green Seal Certified hotels—the most of any city in the U.S. Four Seasons, InterContinental and Sofitel are among the hotels offering deluxe options to green-minded guests. And then there are many landmark properties that provide great comfort and hospitality in historic buildings. Here’s a sampling:

The Renaissance Blackstone—built in 1910 and newly restored to beaux arts grandeur, the Blackstone is a downtown luxury hotel recently updated with some 1,400 works of local art. It’s home to Mercat, the best Spanish restaurant in town, and there are images of neighboring Grant Park projected in the lobby from a roof camera. Rooms from $229.

Wicker Park Inn—stay in bohemian Wicker Park at this lovely and cozy B&B, lodged in an 1891 row-house. There are five spacious bedrooms and two apartments, each with private bath, satellite TV, and WiFi. The location is walking distance from trendy shops and restaurants, and a 4-stop L ride from downtown. Rooms from $139.

Palmer House Hilton—some $170 million spent over two years recently refurnished this gilded Loop landmark, now with a full-service spa and French Empire-inspired room decor. Palmer House still boasts one of the best locations for theater- and museum-goers. Rooms from $139.

Hotel Burnham—named for legendary local architect, Daniel Burnham, whose firm designed it. It’s an exquisite re-invention of the Reliance Building, an early skyscraper. Now a landmark hotel, the Burnham exudes history and good taste; it is also Green Seal certified, and located downtown, close to Millennium Park. Rooms from $199.