Chicago, the cosmopolitan metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan, is a world-class destination that seamlessly blends cultural sites with outdoor activities and family-friendly fun. The city offers a dizzying array of attractions, including world-class museums, dinner cruises, the Chicago Theater District, shopping along the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, a towering skyline filled with architectural gems and one of the most extensive subway systems in the country. Chicago is also home to hundreds of hotels, including several well-placed properties with swimming pools.
Best Western River North Hotel
The Best Western River North Hotel offers budget-friendly lodging on the banks of the Chicago River in the heart of downtown. The hotel is within walking distance of Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, the first planetarium built in the western hemisphere; the Giant Wheel at Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile and the Willis Tower skyscraper which offers a sky deck on the 103rd floor. Guest rooms feature contemporary furniture, complimentary Wi-Fi access and skyline- or river- views. Hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool with children’s play area, a rooftop Pizzeria and the rare luxury of free parking in downtown Chicago.
The Elysian Chicago
A member of the Preferred Luxury Hotels of the World, the Elysian Chicago is an upscale property on the city's Gold Coast. Noteworthy sights near the hotel include the Newberry Library, a research center that has served the area since 1887; Washington Square, the oldest small park in the city and the Magnificent Mile. The Elysian Chicago is a housed in mixed-use hotel and condo facility featuring a modernist lobby with stone sculptures, marble floors and chandeliers. Guest suites offer fine Italian linens, marble bathrooms with in-mirror LCD TVs and furnished terraces. Hotel amenities consist of the Elysian Spa and Health Club, which offers homeopathic baths, ice cream manicures for children and a saline-treated lap pool. Dining options include Ria and Balsan restaurants, serving gourmet- and European-bistro- cuisine, respectively.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
The Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown offers all-suite accommodations in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. The hotel is steps away from the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Grand-Red subway station, which provides baseball fans with access to Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park. At 19-stories, the hotel doesn’t tower over the area; however, its guest rooms offer picturesque city- and Lake Michigan- views. Guest accommodations include two-room suites with fully-equipped kitchens, sofa bed and free Wi-Fi access; a roof top pool and complimentary breakfast and mid-week dinner receptions.
Hotel Palomar Chicago
The Hotel Palomar Chicago is a riverfront boutique property near the Grand-Red subway station. The hotel is in River North arts district that is home to over 100 galleries, modern- and Renaissance-Revival- architecture, nightlife and Oak Street Beach, a fashionable lakefront area that offers sun bathing, people watching, and inline skating. Guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings, vibrant decors and iHome docks. Hotel dining options include the 1940s-inspired Sable Kitchen and Bar, serving up braised lamb, brick oven flat breads and tuna tostadas, while hotel facilities are highlighted by a heated indoor lap pool on the 17th floor. Pets stay for free and without size or weight restrictions.
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