Luxurious Hotels in the Chicago Suburbs

by Allison Westbrook

The business headquarters and Magnificent Mile of Chicago draw travelers from around the world. While many of the area's luxury hotels are centered around these and other Chicago attractions, the Windy City's suburbs also boast attractions, along with hotel opulence of their own. Travelers need not sacrifice the premium amenities of hotels in the city when staying in the Chicago suburbs.


Lombard is a western suburb of Chicago with a small community feel. Visitors to the area are often drawn to the town's historical attractions, including the Lombard Historical Museum and the Dr. William Leroy House -- also known as The Little Orphan Annie House. The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center is the suburb's most luxurious hotel, with accommodations positioned less than a mile from premier shopping at the Yorktown Shopping Center and the Oak Brook Shopping Center. In addition to Westin's signature "heavenly beds," the hotel provides guests with the convenience of an Olympic-size swimming pool, fitness center and access to high speed Internet.


Located to the north of Chicago, Northbrook is a small town of about 34,000 people. The area is known for its many community festivities organized by the city's parks department and the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Northbrook is also home to a symphony orchestra and the Ravinia Festival, a musical performance venue that regularly hosts musical talent from around the world. Travelers visiting Northbrook can relax in luxury at the Renaissance Hotel, a AAA four-diamond hotel. In addition to being located near the attractions of Northbrook and Chicago, this Renaissance is also in close proximity to Northwestern University. Guests are treated to complimentary shoe shines, limousine service, dry-cleaning and concierge service upon request.


Just 10 minutes from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, the town of Itasca is a pedestrian-friendly community with a variety of golf courses, shopping and dining options. Itasca also plays hosts to its annual Itasca Art and Wine Festival each fall, where visitors can view art showcases and participate in wine tastings from local wineries. When visiting Itasca, travelers can stay at the town's Eaglewood Resort and Spa, which overlooks a championship golf course and houses a 10,000-square-foot European spa. Guests also enjoy year-round swimming in the resort's heated indoor pool and recreational downtime at the property's private bowling alley. Rooms are equipped with premium toiletries, plush bath robes and expansive balconies. Suites are available upon request.

Oak Brook

Oak Brook is located just west of Chicago and south of Lombard. The town is well-known for being the corporate headquarters of McDonald's and home to the famous Hamburger University. The Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook is located at Hamburger University and caters to business travelers with conference rooms, a business center and several acres of forestry for outdoor team-building exercises. Guests not traveling on business will enjoy the hotel's indoor pool, spa, fitness center and family scavenger hunts. Parking is free, and the hotel provides complimentary transportation within a five-mile radius.