What are the best historic hotels in Chicago?

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Lauren Viera

One of my favorite historic hotels is The Drake, whose grand silhouette anchors the north end of the Magnificent Mile to the gentle curve of Lake Michigan. Operated by the Hilton group, the hotel opened on New Year’s Eve 1920 and its grand ballrooms and elegant tea and dining rooms are stunning reminders of Chicago’s luxe golden age.

Included on the National Register of Historic Places, The Silversmith Hotel & Suites in the Loop is a stunning structure designed in 1896 by Burnham and Root—synonymous with famed architect Daniel Burnham who directed the World’s Columbian Exhibition, and made further famous by the novel The Devil in the White City. Formerly a center for silver merchants, this boutique hotel was repurposed in recent memory with period-appropriate Stickley-style furnishings and cabinetry.

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