Chicago is a tourist's dream, with events and attractions to suit travelers of all tastes and ages. The Windy City boasts museums and galleries, sporting fields and recreational parks, zoos and aquariums, and so much more. See all these attractions without a rental car if you stay at one of these centrally located Chicago hotels.
1. Hotel Lincoln: Close to the Park
The Hotel Lincoln was once the hotel of choice for the likes of Al Capone and David Mamet, but it's much more family friendly these days. Many of this boutique hotel's rooms overlook Lincoln Park and its many tourist attractions, including the Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago History Museum, and North Pond Nature Sanctuary. There are enough things to see and do in the park to amuse most travelers, but the hotel's also close to the famous Second City comedy club and Wrigley Park.
The Hotel Lincoln's rooms are affordable, but your dollar will go a little further if you act like your favorite animal during check-in. The employees happily grant room upgrades when available to anyone who is unafraid to act like the residents of the neighboring zoo.
2. Intercontinental Chicago: Michigan Avenue's Only Hotel
Michigan Avenue is one of Chicago's busiest streets, home to the Chicago Water Tower, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the high-end fashion retailers of the Magnificent Mile. It is surprising, then, to note that, the Intercontinental Chicago is the only hotel on the street whose door open directly onto Michigan ave. Its guests enjoy enviable access to Michigan's designer stores, tourist attractions, and restaurants. The spa and indoor heated swimming pool can ease your tired muscles after a busy day of shopping or sightseeing.
3. Old Chicago Inn: Ideal for Baseball Fans
During baseball season, travelers couldn't hope for a better location than Old Chicago Inn. This charming grey stone bed and breakfast is just four blocks away from Wrigley Field, so guests needn't worry about parking headaches or indulging in a few beers during the game. If you enjoy an occassional drink, make sure you stop by Room 13, an authentic 1920s style speakeasy helmed by resident bartender Ted Carlson. On Friday and Saturday nights he serves up classic cocktails using prohibition-era recipes while he entertains guests with tales of Chicago's gangster scene.
4. Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago: A Dream for Culture Vultures
Theatre lovers would be hard pressed to find a more convenient hotel than the Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago. This charming hotel is on the fourth to 21st floors of the Majestic Building, the same building which houses the Bank of America Theatre. Catch a traveling show like Amazing Grace or The Book of Mormon, then ride the elevator up to your hotel room for an early night in.
The Hampton Inn Majestic is also within walking distance of the Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, and Lyric Opera, so theatre lovers can experience even more of Chicago's culture. The nearby Sky Desk at Willis Tower and Millennium Park are great fun for kids who've patiently sat through hours of stage performances.
You'll be in the thick of the action when you choose to stay at one of these great Chicago hotels.