Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Chicago, United States

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    Head and shoulders above the city

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Why we choose Ritz-Carlton Chicago

An exclusive retreat high above Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

  • NBA stars practice on the hotel’s court before battling the Chicago Bulls
  • The hotel’s fully-equipped gym features an impressive roster of fitness classes
  • Two-floor Presidential Suite includes a personal assistant, limo and in-room massages

In addition to incomparable luxury, what usually defines a Four Seasons hotel is location. And the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (a Four Seasons hotel) is no exception. It boasts one of the most enviable addresses in the entire city—inside Water Tower Place, an all-in-one upscale destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Even better: Its Gold Coast location is steps from the scenic lakefront, world-class shopping and attractions. It simply doesn’t get better than this in the Windy City.

What you need to know about the hotel

A luxury staple in downtown Chicago with amenities and staff members guaranteed to spoil you rotten.

  • Deca received a 2012 Bib Michelin Gourmand Award and was voted among the top 25 Chicago restaurants for business dining
  • Kids will love the Candy Man’s room-delivered Candy Cart and daily cookie baking with the pastry chef
  • On Saturday nights, the lavish pool turns adults-only during Couples’ Swim, with lively music and poolside cocktails

Intimate, it’s not. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago has 435 guestrooms and is situated on floors 15 through 30 of bustling Water Tower Place. But that buzz is a huge factor in what makes the hotel so swoon-worthy. After all, you’re not coming here for pastoral serenity. This downtown powerhouse features classic styling, plush sitting areas and the hotel’s iconic fountain. All rooms have extra-large picture windows that showcase stunning views, and we recommend taking advantage of that by choosing a suite with a lake view.

Top picks among the hotel facilities include Deca, a brasserie and bar with an art deco-inspired décor and contemporary cuisine, and the Spa at the Carlton Club. Wine lovers will want to try the spa’s vinotherapy, which lets you sip on a glass of sommelier-selected wine while antioxidants from grapes work on the outside of your body.

Where is it and what's nearby

Its proximity to Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan make the Ritz-Carlton the perfect home base for Chicago jaunts.

  • One of the best ways to take in the city’s notoriously fab architecture? A river cruise with a knowledgeable guide
  • The Magnificent Mile is shopping heaven—a glittering stretch of Michigan Avenue with stores like Bloomingdale’s, Cartier, Chanel, Gucci and Saks
  • Millennium Park is a massive downtown public space that offers state-of-the-art architecture, landscape design and art

Chicago is one of the largest, busiest, most sophisticated cities in the U.S. It offers everything you could possibly want in terms of recreation (even beaches along Lake Michigan) and has a well-deserved cultural reputation for the quantity and quality of its museums. And all of that is easily accessible from the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. It’s located in the Magnificent Mile (so called because of all of the posh stores, hotels and residences in that section of the city), with the best of Michigan Avenue, Lake Michigan and hundreds of shops and restaurants at your fingertips.

How to enjoy Chicago

With major league Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox all based here, there’s plenty to keep even the most avid sports fan happy. For authentic Chicago, grab a deep pan pizza before heading to one of the city’s many blues bars.

  • Step out onto The Ledge of the Willis Tower Skydeck for a vertiginous thrill or charter a helicopter for an unforgettable skyline tour
  • Head to Navy Pier to catch a cruise on Lake Michigan or play among the lakeside attractions
  • Browse the indie bookstores and boutiques of Wicker Park, or sample the mouth-watering menus of the neighborhood’s many excellent restaurants

There’s something exciting about approaching the Windy City for the first time. You can feel a spine tingle of anticipation as you drive in and see the skyscrapers slowly emerging from the previously uninterrupted horizon. Or if flying to O’Hare or Midway, we defy you not to feel a frisson of thrill as you spot the Willis Tower, tall and aloof among the cluster of shorter buildings.

The skyline is a given on your must see list and can be enjoyed in many ways. But Chicago is much more than a bunch of tall buildings anchored in the Midwest. Nestled on the southern shores of Lake Michigan, President Obama’s home town is packed with cultural highlights with world class museums, theatres, ballet, orchestra, sport and, of course, blues.

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    When to visit Chicago

    For the ultimate authentic Chicago experience, kick back and listen to some of the world’s best blues musicians at the Chicago Blues Festival. For three days in June, more than 500,000 blues fans will be on hand tell you why the city is the ‘blues capital of the world’.

  • Awards and accolades

    Ritz-Carlton Chicago has earned a place in Condé Nast Traveler’s Platinum Circle, having featured in the Gold List at least five years running.


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