Hotels on Downtown Chicago's Magnificent Mile

by Patrick M. Lind

Chicago's North Michigan Avenue, better known as the Magnificent Mile, is "One of the Great Avenues of the World," filled with world-class shopping, restaurants and culture. Numerous upscale hotels dot the landscape in this popular section of downtown. Most well-known luxury chains are represented on the Magnificent Mile offering visitors a choice of the best of the best.

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Omni Chicago Hotel

AAA gives the Omni Chicago Hotel on the Magnificent Mile a four-diamond rating. The hotel has a stylish interior and contains 347 guest suites. Each includes at least 400 square feet and a separate living area. High-end amenities like plasma televisions, high-speed Internet and plush robes come standard. The hotel's restaurant and bar overlooks Michigan Avenue and serves American cuisine. Poolside dining is available. The hotel allows pets weighting less 50 pounds; guests must pay a $50 non-refundable fee.

The Peninsula Chicago

According to AAA, "you might find your jaw dropping" at The Peninsula Chicago, a five-diamond hotel located at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Superior Street. Guest rooms feature large picture windows with expansive views of downtown and Lake Michigan. Selected artwork, marble bathrooms and a classical design characterize each room. The hotel offers numerous dining options, including a restaurant that serves Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine on an outdoor, rooftop terrace. For wellness, guests can enjoy the spa area and indoor swimming pool. Saks Fifth Avenue is located across the street from the hotel.

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Towering 46 stories above Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile treats guests to a fresh and stylish stay beginning with the artfully designed lobby carrying over into the 1,173 guest rooms. All rooms have a trendy feel with fully opening floor-to-ceiling windows and come with modern amenities like flat-screen televisions and wireless Internet access. The on-site restaurant serves American meals made of local ingredients, and the lounge bar has 24 beers on tap. For Marriott Rewards members, this is a category 6 hotel.

InterContinental Chicago

The building housing the InterContinental Chicago dates back to 1929 when it was the Medinah Athletic Club. After falling into disrepair, InterContinental bought the structure in 1988 and spent $250 million over the next 12 years restoring it. Now, this four-diamond hotel has a contemporary design without compromising the integrity of the original design. Guest rooms have a bright and airy atmosphere with views of the city and lake; amenities include large flat-screen televisions, Internet and terry-cloth robes. The on-site fitness center offers personal trainer and massage services. Three restaurants provide culinary delights.

About the Author

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for ChicagoSporting.com. He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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