Best hotels in Chicago with a view

The best hotels in Chicago with a view you’ll never forget

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With such a spectacular cityscape right next to the shimmering Lake Michigan, you’ll want to see as much of Chicago as you can, so it helps to know the best hotels in Chicago with a view you’ll never forget.

Some of the best hotels in Chicago are also the most romantic hotels in Chicago, with chic suites, stylish décor and those jaw-dropping views of the city and the lake, making Chicago perfect for romantic getaways. If you can tear yourself away from the expansive windows in your 5 star hotel room you’ll find phenomenal food, drink, art and plenty of entertainment right across the Windy City.

If you’re wondering what to do in Chicago the first thing is to just look around, either from one of the fancy hotels in Chicago listed below, gazing up from street level, or even while enjoying drinks at the top of some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers.

875 North Michigan Avenue, better known as the former John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper located in the Magnificent Mile district. 1000ft up on the 94th floor you’ll find 360 CHICAGO, an observatory with a tilting glass lookout, and BAR 94, 360 CHICAGO’s own in-house bar located 1,000 feet over Chicago’s spectacular Magnificent Mile. If cocktails and views is your thing it makes sense to stay at one of the best hotels in Chicago with a view you’ll never forget – and to drink at one of the best bars in the city, also with a view you’ll never forget.

Another exceptional skyscraper to experience is the former tallest building in the world, and still Chicago’s tallest building in the city, Willis Tower, standing at an impressive 1,451 feet. Its Skydeck offers spectacular views spanning up to four states and, for those feeling adventurous, The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.

Of course, if you’d rather appreciate all the gleaming metal and glittering lights from your luxury Chicago hotel, we’d totally understand and would probably do the same, occasionally slipping out for sultry cocktails at one of the city’s ritziest bars like The Aviary, Lazy Bird, Kumiko, The Violet Hour, and The Berkshire Room, making the most of Chicago’s exceptional restaurants, such as Alinea, Smyth and The Loyalist, and Oriole, and perhaps taking a stroll around Navy Pier, Millennium Park – you have to see The Bean – and Magnificent Mile, before maybe catching a show at one of Chicago’s award-winning world-class theaters.

For the main part though there’s a reason you’re looking for the best hotels in Chicago with a view you’ll never forget. Lazy mornings coffee cup in hand gazing out over the skyline, with nothing more than the difficult decision of whether to order more room service, head to the spa, or get dressed up and saunter down to one of the incredible hotel restaurants without leaving the building, probably. Ideally one with a view.

And if you like the look of the indulgent and beautiful places to stay below don’t forget to browse the full range of luxury resorts and USA luxury resorts on Wild Bay Co too.

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Iconic luxury reimagined on the Magnificent Mile.

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago offers exceptional luxury guest rooms with incredible Lake Michigan and skyline views.

Urban chic and city sophistication

A vibrant hub of culture, style and energy, this newly transformed hotel is iconic luxury boldly reimagined to capture the essence of Chicago through inspired food, drink, art and music. Experience sensational lake and skyline views at the heart of Magnificent Mile and North Michigan Avenue’s best shopping and attractions.

Infusing residentially inspired palettes and décor with a Chicago-centric sophistication, Four Seasons Resort Chicago’s recently refreshed accommodations are an inviting perch from which to appreciate Chicago’s awe-inspiring architecture and panoramic views of Lake Michigan.

Luxury Chicago Gold Coast hotel.

Viceroy Chicago

Viceroy Chicago, located in the exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood, marks Viceroy’s first destination in the Windy City.

Luxury in a landmark building

This stylish retreat in the Gold Coast, on the site of a 120-year-old landmark building, represents one of the finest hotels near Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

As you relax and reconnect in a neighborhood brimming with historic homes, you’ll get a feel for the city’s rich heritage. Viceroy Chicago guestrooms open up to views of Lake Michigan and are just a short walk to Michigan Avenue, spectacular restaurants, and the shopping at Magnificent Mile that made Chicago legendary. Experience a stay at this exquisite hotel, near Michigan Avenue, and enjoy one of the best hotels in Chicago with a view you’ll never forget.

Inside, discover rooms that inventively redefine mid-century modern glamour. There are 180 guestrooms, including 18 suites. Intrigue is apparent: striking gold and black accents look retro-chic against the backdrop of the city, viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows. Stay in, relax as much as you like. And know the possibility for exploration and adventure lies just outside.

5 star hotel rooms and suites.

The Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago. Where Far Eastern graciousness meets with Midwestern hospitality.

The Peninsula Chicago experience

The Peninsula Chicago is the five-star hotel that brought traditional Asian service to a city already renowned for the warmth of its hospitality. The hotel has become an integral part of Chicago life and is considered one of the top choices for everything from accommodation to celebrations and corporate events. For this, the hotel credits its strong links to both the local community and international heritage.

The Peninsula Chicago has received a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating each year since its opening. In 2022, The Peninsula Chicago was named the #1 Hotel in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report.

The Peninsula Chicago offers a spectacular range of luxurious 5 star hotel rooms and suites, with sweeping views of the Windy City, including the exquisite Peninsula Suite with oversized windows in every room offering stunning views of the historic Water Tower, Lake Michigan, and Chicago’s “Gold Coast”. Undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Chicago with a view you’ll never forget.

Experience the serenity of luxury.

The Langham Chicago

Experience majestic views of the cityscape, the Chicago River, and the Magnificent Mile at The Langham, Chicago.

Award-winning 5 star hotel in Chicago

Majestic views of the cityscape, the Chicago River, and Lake Michigan. All housed in a skyscraper designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe. Situated in downtown Chicago, this luxury 5 star hotel is mere minutes from the Loop, Grant Park, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Discover the perfect blend of convenience and stylish comfort only at The Langham, Chicago.

One of the best Chicago hotels with a view The Langham, Chicago offers 268 guest rooms and 48 suites designed for the discerning traveller. Warm colour tones accented with rich textiles and dark woods create open and inviting spaces. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping vistas of the Chicago skyline and river. Modern conveniences and The Langham, Chicago signature amenities make every room a comforting place to unwind. 

Gaze out at Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier or the Chicago skyline, and immerse yourself in the sophistication of our hotel.

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Inspired by an iconic address that unites city, lake and sky, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is a beacon of luxury hospitality in the Windy City.

Designed to discover

Set within downtown Chicago’s coveted Gold Coast, this luxury hotel is an opportunity to experience the city’s past and present through eye-catching visuals and curated experiences. History is told through craft cocktails in the Club Lounge; an expansive art collection showcases modern design and architectural heritage; reimagined accommodations reflect the iconic skyline and signature journeys pair dedicated service with exclusive access.

The luxury rooms and suites at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago successfully blend elegant design with modern convenience, delivering an experience that transcends the ordinary. Gaze out at Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier or the Chicago skyline, and immerse yourself in the sophistication of the best hotels in Chicago with a view you’ll never forget.

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