Conrad Hotels in Chicago

by Joanne Thomas
Lake Michigan is within walking distance of the Conrad Chicago.

Lake Michigan is within walking distance of the Conrad Chicago.

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The Conrad Chicago occupies a late 1920s-era building that has been granted landmark status by the city of Chicago. The luxury hotel was awarded four diamonds by AAA for the eighth consecutive year in 2010, thanks in part to exceptional standard guest room features and a prime location in the heart of the city, just two blocks from Lake Michigan.


The Conrad Chicago is located on the Magnificent Mile, a coveted location in the heart of the city known for its museums, fine dining, vibrant nightlife and upscale stores. Guests can access the adjacent mall of luxury shops via an enclosed walkway. The 24.5 -acre Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago are close by, and the shore of Lake Michigan is within walking distance. The lakefront area boasts some of Chicago's top attractions, including Oak Street Beach, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Adler Planetarium.


The Conrad Chicago offers a total of 311 guest rooms and suites, which are available in more than a dozen configurations and range from 360 to 2,000 square feet. Every room features Conrad Hotels and Resorts' signature touches, such as an ergonomic leather chair, a Bose surround sound system, a 42-inch plasma-screen television and a pillow-top mattress with plush bedding and your choice from a menu of pillows. Some of the rooms offer views of downtown Chicago, the Magnificent Mile or Lake Michigan. The most spacious option is the Presidential Suite, which boasts a bar area and a 336-square-foot private terrace.


The Conrad Chicago features two restaurants: The Restaurant at Conrad, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a business casual dress code, and The Terrace at Conrad, which offers Latin-inspired tapas menus for lunch and dinner. Both dining establishments are located on the fifth floor and showcase organic, locally sourced ingredients. The Terrace features day beds, lanterns, water features and tropical foliage to complement views over the Magnificent Mile. Its "spa spirits" menu offers innovative low-sugar, antioxidant-rich cocktails. Private in-room dining is also available to guests 24 hours a day.


The Conrad Chicago hosts a 2,000-square-foot fitness center on the 11th floor. It is open to guests 24 hours a day and offers views of the Chicago skyline while you work out using state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength equipment. The Conrad Chicago's comprehensive guest services include foreign currency exchange, local area transportation, baby-sitting and laundry services. The hotel also offers a concierge desk, florist, gift shop, newsstand and convenience store on site. Guests who are staying for business reasons can rent an office, paging and audio/visual equipment and cell phones from the hotel and use complimentary printing services.


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