The Magnificent Mile's sleek, chic spot

185 Rooms / 13 Suites

The spirit of Park Hyatt Chicago aligns with what the Windy City is known for: stunning art and design, great food and welcoming Midwestern hospitality. Its tony Gold Coast location just off the Magnificent Mile speaks to the type of place it is — a chic luxury hotel with contemporary, design-savvy style to spare.

Unlike other hotels in big cities though, sophistication and friendliness are not mutually exclusive here. Yes, expensive artwork adorns the walls and the dark and glamorous lobby makes for a dramatic entrance, but the staff is invariably amiable and incessantly working to learn the names and the whims of its guests.

Considerate touches can be found throughout the Chicago hotel, making it feel more residential and less like a corporate chain. For instance, the library located off the lobby has cozy sofas and chairs, modern art books ready for perusal and an adjacent “kitchen” where you can treat yourself to high-end teas and coffee while lounging about and peering through the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto bustling Chicago Avenue.

The Rooms

The accommodations, too, have enough space to stylishly laze and gaze. Almost every one of the spacious 198 rooms has a wide built-in window seat, as well as a comfy Eames leather chair and a large picture window. (Tip: Ask for a high-level, east-facing room for grandiose views of the historic Water Tower and Lake Michigan just beyond it.) Dressed in contemporary cherry wood furnishings and dark neutral tones, the guest rooms have thoughtful amenities such as extra large tubs (as you soak, slide open the wall to reveal the bedroom and city views), bathroom TVs and Geneva sound systems. We’re especially fond of the two utterly chic designer suites — one exclusively outfitted by fashion house Bottega Veneta and the other by Giorgio Armani.

The Food

Chicago is nothing if not a food town, and Park Hyatt Chicago’s restaurant is a major player in the city. NoMI Kitchen serves contemporary American cuisine with a French flair (such as glazed duck breast with truffle honey and turnips), though it’s also known for its sushi (we love the tiger roll stuffed with shrimp tempura, snow crab, bigeye spicy tuna and avocado). Ingredients are sourced from top-tier regional and national farmers, foragers and fishers. The vibe is elegant but not stuffy (no white tablecloths here), and the views through the curved floor-to-ceiling windows are spectacular from its seventh-floor perch. The sexy little lounge adjacent to the restaurant is ideal for a pre-dinner cocktail or a late-night drink. If you’re lucky enough to be in town while the weather is warm, do not miss an alfresco drink on the lovely rooftop garden patio.

The Spa and Gym

Also on the seventh floor is the intimate NoMI spa, which gives customized seasonal treatments such as facials and massages, each featuring a bite to eat from the kitchen and a corresponding healthy beverage. Fitness-minded folks will appreciate the 24-hour gym with amenities like chilled scented towels, flat-screen monitors attached to cardio equipment and a three-lane lap pool with sweeping skyline views.  

The Neighborhood

And while all this eating and pampering is important, it’d be a shame not to take advantage of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s location near some of the city’s most lauded attractions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Michigan Avenue and Oak Street shopping, Lake Michigan and the observatory at the towering John Hancock Center, which overlooks it all.

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