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The 12 Best Boutique Hotels in Chicago [2023]

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Chicago is an international city full of culture, history, and iconic sights, like its towering skyline. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, this giant city is enhanced by the wealth of nature surrounding it.

With so many things to discover in Chicago, it comes as no surprise that visitors can choose from many boutique hotels — here’s a list of our favorites.

The Best Boutique Hotels in Chicago

ACME Hotel

ACME Hotel
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Price: From $76 per night

Located in the River North neighborhood, the ACME Hotel is an approachable and hip hotel offering a unique spin on a hotel experience, as it focuses on high-tech gadgetry to enhance guest comfort.

Each cozy guest room and suite feature Egyptian cotton linens, Serta Suite bedding, pull-out ottomans, plush bathrobes, spa-style bathrooms, and hardwood floors. Those who need to do a little work will appreciate the super-fast wireless internet and work desk with an ergonomic chair, as well as an Amazon Echo device and Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Guests can also take advantage of complimentary Morning Joe coffee deliveries each morning.

Hot Tip: Planning a trip to the Windy City? Check out our complete guide on all the things to see and do in Chicago!

Freehand Chicago

Freehand Chicago
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Price: From $189 per night

The stylish Freehand Chicago is housed in a building dating to 1927 in the trendy River North neighborhood.

This hotel offers tons of amenities, including multilingual staff, 24-hour front desk service, curated tours and activities, daily housekeeping, guest laundry facilities, and a fitness center. Sip Nicaraguan coffee at the hip Cafe Integral, or enjoy a cocktail at the Broken Shaker.

There are numerous room types available, including penthouse options. Each room has high-end bedding and linens and an ensuite bathroom, while the penthouse provides an exclusive experience in a duplex-style room featuring 2 bedrooms, a living/gaming area, and incredibly spacious bathrooms.

The Guesthouse Hotel

The Guesthouse Hotel
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Price: From $173 per night

In Chicago’s historic Andersonville neighborhood, The Guesthouse Hotel offers guests an authentic Windy City experience. The hotel is an all-suite property, with some having as many as 3 bedrooms. It’s ideally located for exploring entertainment options, specialty shops, world-class restaurants, and even some great craft breweries.

Each suite includes a full kitchen, separate bedroom, spacious living area, and private balcony with gas grill.

Guests have access to the hotel’s cozy public spaces, like the Clubhouse with fireplaces, the well-stocked library, and the roof deck that allows guests to make the best of the warmer months. There’s also a business center, a fitness center, and charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Ivy

The Ivy
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Price: From $98 per night

A sleek hotel full of modern minimalist design, The Ivy can be found right next to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The hotel boasts apartment-sized suites with separate living and sleeping areas.

King and queen suites are the most spacious rooms, and each features luxury bath amenities from Beekman, an oversized couch, and a comfortable work desk. No matter what type of suite you book, you’ll be treated to 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, automatic drapes, a rainfall shower, and a soaking tub.

Nobu Hotel

Nobu Hotel
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Price: From $233 per night

An upscale urban retreat in Chicago’s Fulton Market, the renowned Nobu Hotel is full of art, luxury, and Japanese influences. The Nobu Hotel provides an ultra-modern design and incredible amenities like a tranquility pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Each guest room and suite features a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, designer toiletries from Natura Bissé, a Nespresso coffee maker, a signature Nobu bed, a walk-in shower, in-room yoga mats, and a 60-inch TV.

The Nobu Villa is the largest suite available. It boasts a teak soaking tub, a separate steam shower, a spacious lounge with a pool table and a full bar, and a separate bathroom for guests.

The Publishing House

The Publishing House
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Price: From $189 per night

Located in the buzzy West Loop neighborhood, The Publishing House is located in the former Free Methodist Publishing House, dating back to 1909. Thanks to an extensive redesign in 2017, the hotel has become a luxurious, amenity-filled property.

Ideal for intimate getaways and romantic trips, The Publishing House features sophisticated interior design and comfortable accents. All rooms at the hotel include personalized top-tier service as well as access to one of the city’s best breakfasts.

You’ll also be treated to luxurious bedding and linens, plush bathrobes, a heated bathroom floor, vintage or concrete sink, amazing views, and a claw-foot tub and separate walk-in shower in some rooms.

The Robey

The Robey
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Price: From $135 per night

The Robey is housed in a 203-foot art deco tower dating back to 1929. After its tenure as an office building, the site was fully redesigned and now sports a glamorous lobby, sophisticated guest rooms, and a lively rooftop deck.

The redesign was helmed by Marc Merckx Interiors and Nicolas Schuybroek Architects, and now spreads into the adjacent Annex Loft in the former Hollander Fireproof Warehouse (dating from 1905).

The Robey has amazing views over the city, and each room includes a warm hardwood floor and plenty of sunlight, thanks to the tower’s unique shape. Numerous room types are available, including king and queen guest rooms and corner and panorama suites. The Annex offers double, queen, and bunk lofts.

Selina Chicago

Selina Chicago
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Price: From $90 per night

The 4-star Selina Chicago can be found in the heart of Chicago, only steps away from the glamorous shopping of the Magnificent Mile and a 30-minute walk to Millennium Park. Oak Street Beach is a short walk away, and Navy Pier and the Lincoln Park Zoo are also nearby.

The Selina includes amazing amenities like a movie room, a wellness area, a live music area, and a café library. On-site yoga lessons and bicycle or scooter rentals are also available.

All the spacious rooms come with comfortable linens, plush towels, complimentary Wi-Fi, and premium toiletries.

SOPHY Hyde Park

Sophy Hyde Park
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Price: From $138 per night

Found in the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park, SOPHY Hyde Park is a glamorous hotel that features curated artwork.

Each guest room features deluxe linens and towels, a work desk, a comfortable chair with integrated charging station, plush pillows, a Bluetooth alarm clock, blackout curtains, and luxury toiletries. Connecting rooms can be arranged upon request for those traveling in groups.

The Opus Suite is the most sophisticated offering at the SOPHY, with a full kitchen, a separate dining area, a walk-in closet, and a sitting area complete with chaise lounges.

Staypineapple, An Iconic Hotel, The Loop Chicago

The Loop
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Price: From $81 per night

Adjacent to Chicago’s Millennium Park and housed in a National Landmark skyscraper from 1895, Staypineapple, An Iconic Hotel, The Loop Chicago is a short walk away from the Art Institute of Chicago and steps away from the Theater District. The many upscale shopping options of the Magnificent Mile are also nearby.

The property blends modern touches with the building’s historical accents. Guest rooms are available, as well as suites that offer a private living room, king-sized bed, and amazing views of Lake Michigan and nearby Millennium Park.

Wicker Park Inn

Wicker Park Inn
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Price: From $125 per night

The Wicker Park Inn is a stylish upscale boutique hotel that’s a short drive away from attractions like Wrigley Field and Soldier Field and is convenient to both the center of the city and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Each rooms and suite offers premium bath products from Beekman’s 1802 line, a smart TV with streaming services, premium linens, a comfortable working area with secure VPN connection, plenty of natural light, colorful wallpaper, exposed-brick walls, and a decorative fireplace.

The Willows Hotel

The Willows
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Price: From $64 per night

The Willows Hotel can be found in the tony Lincoln Park neighborhood. Featuring a vibrant design with authentic charm and 19th-century accents, The Willows Hotel offers standard, deluxe, and executive guest rooms along with junior suites.

The rooms and suites each offer complimentary Wi-Fi, premium linens and bathrobes, a spacious workstation with comfortable chair, and a fully-stocked minibar functioning on an honor system.

With views over quaint tree-lined streets and only a short walk away from Lincoln Park, The Willows Hotel provides calm and charm away from the bustle of the center city.

Final Thoughts

From world-class museums to art galleries and famous foods, Chicago is a city that all types of visitors must experience. Enhance any visit to the Windy City by choosing one of these great boutique hotels!

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About Amar Hussain

Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.


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