Hotels in Chicago Theater District

by Lee Grayson Google
Chicago's Theater District offers entertainment and hotel accommodations.

Chicago's Theater District offers entertainment and hotel accommodations.

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The Windy City's theater district features the vintage stages in the North Loop neighborhood that includes the streets of Randolph and State. Classic Chicago theaters were transformed again into major stage venues beginning in the mid-1980s and today the historic Oriental, Cadillac Palace, Bank of America and Auditorium Theatres and the Broadway Playhouse welcome play and concert goers and fans of theater architecture. A host of Chicago hotels in the district offer accommodations within easy walking distance from the theaters.

Historic Hotels

Walk to theater performances from the Palmer House Hilton on East Monroe Street. The Palmer also offers on-site dining at the Lockwood restaurant and cocktails and snacks at Potter's Lounge. Guests have the choice of standard rooms or one-bedroom suites and use of the hotel's business center and gym. The historic Hotel Burnham by Millennium Park, a Kimpton Hotel, also offers easy access to shows and performances in the theater district. The 122-unit historic hotel features in-room recycling, hotel spa, with on-site dining at the Atwood Cafe fearing classic American comfort food.

Luxury Hotels

The Allegro Chicago, one of the theater district's four-star luxury hotels, sits adjacent to the Cadillac Palace Theatre. In-room Jacuzzi spa tubs, spa services and iHome stations are regular fare for the 483 rooms and suites. On-site dining options include the Encore Lunch Club, 312 Chicago and the Liquid Lounge. The Renaissance Chicago on Wacker Drive offers guests easy access to the Chicago and Goodman Theaters, on-site parking for an additional fee and a choice of 513 rooms and 40 suites. Hotel dining options include the Great Street Restaurant and the Renaissance Cafe, a coffee house that also serves donuts and snacks.

Boutique Hotels

The Silversmith Hotel and Suites on South Wabash Avenue offers on-site dining at Ada's Famous Deli and Restaurant and access to the hotel's business center, fitness facility and easy access to downtown theaters and shopping. The boutique accommodations at the Silversmith include 143 guest rooms and 63 suites. The W Chicago boutique hotel, part of the Starwood chain, features a 9,600 square food spa and an on-site restaurant and spa. Guest accommodations includes rooms and suites with descriptive labels including the "Wonderful," "Spectacular" and "Extreme Wow." Rooms offer state-of-the-art electronics, bathtubs with views of the city, and suites with more than 1,000 square feet of living space.

Newly-Constructed or Remodeled Hotels

Chicago has a mix of traditional and new hotels. The Wit, a new 27-floor hotel on North State Street, expands the Doubletree chain with a roof-top pool and lounge, spa, movie theater and more than 290 rooms and suites. The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago occupies the structure originally constructed as the Carbide and Carbon building on Michigan Avenue. The Art Deco architectural design features accommodations close to theaters with updated conveniences including 40 stories of modern rooms and suites. The rock-themed hotelier features Gibson guitar rentals and iPod docking stations as a regular room accessory. Overnight packages offer options of a breakfast service, VIP entrance to Chicago's rock, blues or jazz clubs, or a business package that includes free WiFi and after-business cocktails.

About the Author

*I have written chapters and articles for Oxford and Harvard University Presses, ABC-CLIO, and others. Arcadia Press published two of my local history texts and I have also written for numerous "article sites," including Pagewise in 2002. My "How to become a...real estate agent" is available as an online text from a Canadian publisher. *I taught writing courses at a branch campus of Indiana University. *I held a California real estate license and have remodeled four of my own homes and advised others on financing homes, repairing credit to qualify for loans, and managing construction (including meeting local, state, and federal regulations for restoration and development grants). *I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and wrote nearly $75,000 in small education grants (under $1,000). *My travels include frequent road trips in Canada, Mexico, U.S., and Europe. I attended school at Cambridge University and used this as a base to explore the UK and Europe.

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