What are the best boutique hotels in Chicago?

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Lauren Viera

While I hate to play favorites, I’ve definitely got one: Public Chicago. This is Ian Schrager’s new concept, opened in Chicago in 2011 with much fanfare. Designed as an affordable-luxury concept off the beaten path of the Gold Coast, this little hotel and its cozy Library & Coffee Bar is my favorite hideaway between downtown meetings.

Another newbie I’m excited about, mostly for its bar, is the brand new Acme Hotel Company located just west of Michigan Avenue. With just 130 rooms, all outfitted with top-of-the-line tech features, this boutique hotel caters to the young and trendy who will likely take advantage of the surrounding River North neighborhood’s nightlife.

Another unknown gem? The Silversmith Hotel & Suites, located in the Loop equidistant from Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago, two must-visits for anyone staying downtown. I discovered this hotel while researching lodging for wedding guests, and was pleasantly surprised by its tasteful historic Chicago aesthetic (Louis Sullivan design replicas on the walls, reproduction prairie-style furnishings throughout) and its guestrooms' unusually high ceilings and plush bedding.

A more recent addition to Chicago’s boutique hotel scene is the quirky Hotel Lincoln, located just across from beautiful Lincoln Park. A member of the West Coast–anchored Joie de Vivre hotel group, Hotel Lincoln prides itself on cozy style and colorful accents reminiscent of home. It’s also tied to a top-notch restaurant, Perennial Virant, a destination in and of itself.

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